Holt should not give up on England ambitions, says Norwich boss Hughton

The Canaries striker said last week that he had given up on ever representing his country, however his manager believes he can still earn a call-up to future squads

Norwich manager Chris Hughton believes Grant Holt should not give up hope of earning a place in future England squads.

The striker said last week that he feels his prospects of being handed an international call-up ended when he was left out of the squad for this summer's European Championships following a strong first season in the Premier League.

However, Hughton believes Holt can stake a claim for a place in the Three Lions setup if he is able to replicate the 15-goal return he produced last term.

He told The Eastern Daily Press: "I think he has been unlucky. Players brought into the squad of late have been scoring goals, which is why I was delighted for him to score last week. Right now things might look like they are on a downer for him but things can change. It is a long, hard season.

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"He certainly shouldn’t give up hope. Not in this game. Grant can’t do himself any harm if he scores goals so I was delighted that he scored his second one [against Chelsea].

"I hope that’s him up and running now and any claim that he might have to get in England squads will be a result of him scoring goals and scoring goals like he did last season."

Hughton was also quick to praise goalkeeper John Ruddy, who was once again named in the England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

He added: "The simple fact he’s in the England squad, probably with what’s in the squad at the moment, means he’s seen as the number two with Fraser Forster having come in.

"He’s there on merit. Whether he gets that opportunity will be tough because there is an exceptional goalkeeper at number one, and I mean exceptional, so it will be tough for him but he’s there pushing and that’s certainly good for him and good for us."