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Tuesday, 29 January, 2002, 19:36 GMT
Proctor's England jeopardy
England captain Tara Proctor
England next play Portual and Holland
Exclusive by BBC Sport Online's Tony Leighton

England captain Tara Proctor has put her international future at risk by moving from Charlton Athletic to Brighton.

Proctor has not played a club game since walking out on the Addicks seven weeks ago.


I've just got to hope I can keep my place in the England team
England captain Tara Proctor

And due to Women's Premier League transfer rules, she will not be able to make her Brighton debut until 10 March - a week after the season has ended.

Recent postponements mean that the league season is likely to be extended, but England face Portugal on 24 February and Holland four weeks later in vital World Cup qualifiers.

And Proctor admits that national team coach Hope Powell cannot be expected to guarantee her a place in the England starting line-up.

"I'll be talking to Hope and keeping her informed of my fitness, which will be at a high level because I'm training practically every day," said Proctor.

"But there's no substitute for match action, I appreciate that and I know it will be a concern for Hope.

"Ideally I would be playing matches and Hope could keep tabs on me through her scouts, but that won't be possible for a few weeks yet so I've just got to hope I can keep my place in the England team."

Proctor left Charlton in mid-December along with several colleagues following the acrimonious departure of teenage twins Gemma and Carly Hunt.

But despite being offered the opportunity to return, the England skipper chose to go Brighton, a move influenced by her changed working circumstances.

England's Tara Proctor
Proctor moved to Brighton for work reasons

"I'm now working in a leisure centre and that means I have to work some Saturdays and Sundays, so I won't be available to play every week," said Proctor.

"That wouldn't suit Charlton, but Brighton are OK about it.

"What they are offering me suits my lifestyle and my hours of work.

"I know the move - or at least the lack of club games I'll get this season - might put my England place at risk.

"But in the long run I think I've made the right decision."

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