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Sport Albrighton not giving up hope of international recognition

15:52  14 september  2018
15:52  14 september  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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Leicester City midfielder Marc Albrighton says he has not given up on earning an England call-up in the future.

Sky Sports revealed Albrighton’s ambition in the week that his Foxes teammates Demari Gray and Ben Chilwell received their first senior call-ups to Gareth Southgate’s squad.

Albrighton, 28, earned eight U21 caps earlier in his career but says he feels he could’ve done nothing more to earn a senior bow.

The player moved to Leicester in May 2014, just after the Foxes had regained promotion to the top-flight.

He went on to play a pivotal role as the King Power club made history, featuring in all 38 league matches as the Blues lifted the Premier League trophy in 2015-16.

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Speaking about his international career, Albrighton said:

“If I get to the end of my career and I have not played for my country it will probably be a bit of a disappointment in that way. But in terms of regrets, I’d say no [I don’t have any] because I don’t think I could have done any more.”

“I wouldn’t say that I have let myself down with performances that mean I haven’t got into the England squad. I think I have done everything I can to get myself into contention to get a call-up. It hasn’t been but I’m not going to argue with anyone about that. I’m not going to call out anyone and say ‘I should be in the squad’. That’s not who I am and how I work.”

“I’ll keep trying my hardest. Maybe one day [it will happen]. You do sometimes see the odd 30-year-old get a call-up now and again, so it would be great if I could. If I can’t then it was not to. I’m a strong believer in fate and if it’s not to be, it’s not to be.”

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