Fulham midfielder Murphy plays down England talk

Cottagers captain dismisses rumours of a return to the national set-up following reports that his former manager Roy Hodgson may be considering taking him to Euro 2012
Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has laughed off talk that he is set to recieve a surprise call-up to the England squad for Euro 2012, after reports suggested that newly-appointed Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson may require his services.

The 35-year-old has impressed at club level this season, helping the Cottagers to reach eighth place going into the final game of the season. But the veteran midfielder has played down the idea of a reunion with Hodgson, despite having close ties with his former coach, who he thinks was the right man for the job.

"I haven't thought about [England] for a long time," Murphy told reporters. "My only thought when he got the job was pleasure for him.

"I know what a gentleman he is and what a knowledgeable man he is and the players will certainly go into the Euros knowing what he wants from them. He will do his country proud."

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Some have suggested that Hodgson's international experience could be key to England's progress. The 64-year-old took Switzerland to the round of 16 in World Cup 1994, before going on to manage the United Arab Emirates. Murphy has remained focused on his Fulham career, though, and hopes to take the club back into Europe next season.

"Let's be honest, every time you finish a couple of places above where you anticipated is good for the club, who get more money from the Premier League," the veteran continued.

"To try and get in the top eight would be a terrific achievement. With one game left, why not?"