11 Mar Brighton striker Glenn Murray refuses to rule out his England chances
In-form Brighton striker Glenn Murray has refused to rule out the possibility of a potential England call-up ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
The 34-year-old is the fourth highest-scoring Englishman in the Premier League with 11 goals during his first full season of top-flight football, behind current England forwards Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Raheem Sterling.
Murray had netted five times in his last five league appearances before Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Everton and his recent form has resulted in murmurs of a maiden international call-up for the striker who began his career at non-league Barrow.
However, Murray remains grounded as he focuses on Premier League survival with the Seagulls, who currently sit seven points clear of the relegation zone with eight matches left.
When asked if he has spoken to England boss Gareth Southgate, he said: “No. No contact.
“My main focus is to keep scoring goals for Brighton and keep us in the Premier League. What comes off the back of that, you just never know.
“It’s obviously nice to be mentioned in the same breath as the England team but what will come of that, I’m not sure.”
England travel to Holland before hosting Italy at Wembley during the international break at the end of the month and Murray believes that age will not be a barrier for possible selection.
“You never know,” he added. “I think he’ll be taking the nucleus of the squad that he is going to take to the World Cup and work with, so we’ll see.
“Of course, if you’re going to ask me that at 34, yeah (age does not matter). If you’re in form, you just never know.
“The competition is around the corner, it’s not something we are building for four years down the line, so I think form does come into play.
“I think not just at my stage, at any stage of anyone’s career – that (the World Cup) is sort of the pinnacle. But whether anything comes of it, I’m not sure.”