Hughes not thinking of England call-up after impressive Watford form

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After a superb start to the season, the midfielder has reportedly caught the eye of Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate

Watford midfielder Will Hughes has insisted he is not taking heed of any speculation linking him with a place in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.

The 23-year-old has been in terrific from so far this season, and has started all of Watford’s seven Premier League games.

Hughes was one of the standout talents in a Hornets side who won all of their opening four matches and netted in the 3-1 win against Burnley in August.

His good showings have reportedly caught the eye of the Three Lions manager, who names his latest England squad on Thursday to take on Croatia and Spain.

“It is not at the forefront of my mind,” Hughes told the Watford Observer

“I’ve just got to knuckle down and keep my head focused, play games and that is the main thing.

“I said from the start I just want to start a run of games in the Premier League. It is still very early days on that front, so I want to have a good season in the Premier League and who knows what will happen in the future.”

Hughes joined Watford from Derby County last summer and struggled in his first year at Vicarage Road due to inconsistency and injuries.

However, this season he is thriving on the right-hand side of a midfield four, rather than his traditional central role.

Like many of his team-mates, Hughes is enjoying working under Javi Gracia and he puts much of their good form down the squad’s impressive work-rate.

“It’s really enjoyable,” said Hughes. 

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“I think you can tell from the way that we are playing on the pitch that everyone’s battling for each other and running about.

“Sometimes they are the basics that you’ve got to do to get results. I think we have done well this season, we look very organised offensively and that’s helped a lot.”

Watford host fellow surprise package Bournemouth at the weekend. The pair sit sixth and seventh in the league and are only separated by goal difference.

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