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Jay Bothroyd eager to make his mark for England

International friendly: England v France
Venue: Wembley Stadium Date: Wednesday, 17 November Kick-off: 2000 GMT
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Bothroyd keen to grab England chance

Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd is determined to ensure his England call-up for Wednesday's friendly against France at Wembley is not a one-off.

He can become the first English player from a Championship club since then Preston striker David Nugent in 2007 to play for his country.

Nugent only received one cap but 28-year-old Bothroyd, who has scored 15 goals this season, hopes to win more.

"Once you get a taste you want to do well and stay in," Bothroyd said.

But the Cardiff striker could get his chance because of injuries to the likes of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe of Tottenham, Sunderland's Darren Bent and Bobby Zamora of Fulham.

Bothroyd's England call-up follows the late flourishing of a career that began at Arsenal and has involved spells at Coventry, Perugia, Blackburn, Wolves, Charlton and Stoke.

He said he still harbours regrets over his departure from the Gunners 10 years ago, when he was sold for disciplinary reasons after throwing his shirt at then coach Don Howe after being substituted in an under-19 cup final.

The Dangle

"When I was younger I made a massive mistake but I was a nipper and you try to learn from mistakes," Bothroyd added.

"It was disheartening to leave and I've had a long journey. I like to think I am back on track now.

"There have been lots of downs but the last couple of years I have knuckled down. I have made a conscious effort to turn my life around."

Bothroyd trained with the England squad for the first time on Monday and did his best not to be overawed by the exalted company.

"It was the best day of my career to get that call and I am happy to be here," he continued.

"When you meet players like Stevie Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand you feel you have to step up and show your worth.

"They are world-class players, it's terrific. If I am involved on Wednesday it will be another great day for me."

Henderson not intimidated by call-up

Bothroyd's fellow England new boy Jordan Henderson said he would not be intimidated by the household names in the squad.

The 20-year-old Sunderland midfielder did not train on Monday after playing a starring role in the Black Cats' 3-0 win at Chelsea on Sunday.

"I'll give players respect and go out and prove to people what I can do," Henderson stated. "I spoke to [Sunderland team-mate] Darren Bent a little bit, he told me what to expect.

"I'm really looking forward to it, I'll train well and hopefully get a chance to play.

"It's a great opportunity for me and a few of the younger lads to show what we can do. I'll do everything to try and take that chance."

Meanwhile, England Under-21s boss Stuart Pearce has called up four players for the friendly against Germany in Wiesbaden on Tuesday.

England boss Fabio Capello added Micah Richards and Chris Smalling to the senior squad on Sunday night while injury has forced Fabrice Muamba, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Frank Fielding to withdraw.

Ipswich's Connor Wickham and Tottenham defender Steven Caulker, who is on loan at Bristol City, have been promoted from the under-19s for the first time, while Scott Loach and Kieran Trippier have been recalled.

England qualified for the 2011 European Championship tournament in Denmark after a two-legged play-off win over Romania in October.

England squad for the international friendly against France at Wembley on Wednesday, 17 November:

Foster (Birmingham), Hart (Man City), Green (West Ham); Cahill (Bolton), Gibbs (Arsenal), Jagielka (Everton), Lescott (Man City), Richards (Man City), Ferdinand (Man Utd), Smalling (Man Utd), Warnock (Aston Villa); Walcott (Arsenal), Wilshere (Arsenal), A Young (Aston Villa), Gerrard (Liverpool), Barry (Man City), Johnson (Man City), Milner (Man City), Henderson (Sunderland); Bothroyd (Cardiff), Carroll (Newcastle), Crouch (Tottenham), C Cole (West Ham).

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see also
Ipswich's Wickham in England U21s
15 Nov 10 |  Ipswich
The fall and rise of Jay Bothroyd
15 Nov 10 |  Cardiff
Wenger admits Bothroyd 'regret'
15 Nov 10 |  Cardiff
Trio pull out of England friendly
14 Nov 10 |  Football
Bothroyd pushing for England spot
12 Nov 10 |  Cardiff

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