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Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd pushing for England spot

Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd is the Championship's top scorer
Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd is the Championship's top scorer

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones says Jay Bothroyd's inclusion in England's preliminary squad for Wednesday's friendly against France is deserved.

England coach Fabio Capello will name his final squad over the weekend for the sold-out game at Wembley Stadium.

"He's [Bothroyd] in the prelim and we're hoping that he'll be in the full squad," revealed Jones.

"Nothing would give us a prouder moment than he does get a call-up and actually gets on the pitch."

Cardiff's good start to the season - which sees them second in the Championship despite the hiccup of a home derby defeat to Welsh rivals Swansea last weekend - has also seen winger Chris Burke recalled to the Scotland squad for Tuesday's friendly against the Faroe Islands.

"That means we are getting the rewards, the players are getting the rewards for the performances they're putting in," Jones added.

"The club is looked upon outside [of Wales] and people are starting to take a little bit more notice of the club because of what we're doing, and the good things that we're doing and winning games."


Jones welcomes Cardiff pressure

Former England Under-21 international Bothroyd has scored 13 goals in 15 games this season, but his all-round play has earned just as much praise as his place at the top of the Championship scoring charts.

"He does deserve to be on the pedestal where he is at the moment, if he wants to stay there then he's got to keep working hard," Jones said.

"No disrespect to Wales and Scotland, but England is a bigger nation and a bigger team and all of a sudden we would have a player in it that proves the Championship isn't as bad a division as what people think.

"But we'll have to wait and see on that and just see if he continues to keep doing what he's doing, then eventually he might get that phone call or text that they do that says 'report'."

Bothroyd grabbed Cardiff's equaliser at Reading midweek to rescue a point and will again spearhead the Bluebirds for Saturday's trip to Scunthorpe United.

His fellow striker Craig Bellamy is set to return after being rested for the game at the Madejski Stadium.

Cardiff will make late decisions on defender Kevin McNaughton (ankle) and Gabor Gyepes (hamstring).

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