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But talented full-back refuses to get carried away by rumours

Newcastle United right-back Danny Simpson is excited by talks linking him with an England call-up for next week's friendly against France.

The Manchester United youth product, 23, has found his feet in a Magpies team which has adapted well to life in the Premier League and has apparently impressed Fabio Capello of late, particularly given the lack of right-backs available to the England boss.

Whilst Simpson is delighted with the recognition he is receiving, he feels that the situation he is in now is at least partly influenced by the lack of homegrown players in his position.

"There's not many English right-backs around in this league, so it wouldn't be that much of a shock," Simpson told The Journal.

"You can't get carried away, England people have been to watch Andy and a couple of others who have been doing well, so it is nice to hear my name.

"It would be nice if it wasn't just a rumour. I don't think anyone will find out until Friday or Saturday. It would be great, especially with Andy doing well, if we had one in the squad, never mind two.

"I am fortunate I have come back in to a team that has been performing well and England representatives have been watching. If your team is performing well you are going to perform well with them. There is me, Joey (Barton), Andy, it is nice to hear.

"People have always said to me if you do well you might get an England call. It has always been in the back of my mind.

"I have only been back in three or four games, but a few right-backs have retired. Glen Johnson is still around but he has been injured."

Of his potential international call-up, Simpson added, "It is nice to hear. Any Englishman would like to play for England. I would love to, after my injury and a few games, it is especially nice to hear people talking about me as a possible England player.

"Before the game on Wednesday there were rumours which the lads had all heard. It is nice to have that recognition. You just have to keep your head down and not get carried away by anything.

"Last season I didn't feel as good as I have this season. I sorted that out, worked on my fitness, got back in the team. Playing behind Joey has worked well, he has really helped me.

"I have never played for the Under 21s. I wasn't playing week in and week out at 19 and 20, so it would be extra special for me to be involved next week. At the moment, though, it's just rumours. I'll have to wait and see like everybody else."

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