Blackburn midfielder drops England call-up hint
Published 23:00 11/02/11 By David Anderson
Blackburn starlet Junior Hoilett has revealed he would be interested in playing for England.
Hoilett already qualifies for his native Canada, Jamaica and US and would be eligible to represent the Three Lions under FIFA’s residency rules if he remains here for another three years.
The midfielder has knocked back offers from Canada to pledge his international future to them to leave the door open for a future England call-up.
Hoilett, 20, said: “I’ve not made any decisions. Right now I’m just focusing on Blackburn Rovers, so we’ll have to see about England.
“I will always be Canadian, but all the options are open - Canada, Jamaica, possibly the USA and maybe one day England.
“If England came along I would consider it, but right now I am just focused on Rovers.
“The calls have come from Canada, but right now I don’t think it’s the right time for me to go.”
Hoilett sees his future on this side of the Atlantic and also revealed he is keen to agree a new long-term contract with Rovers to replace his current deal, which expires in 16 months.
He is flourishing under new boss Steve Kean, scoring his first two goals for the club in his last six appearances, and says Ewood Park feels like home.
“I’ve been here since the age of 13, which is a long time,” he said ahead of today’s home clash with Newcastle. “I have developed here as a player and a person and I would like to stay here.
“Of course, every player when everything is going well wants to stay at the club they have been working hard at.
“I see myself as a Blackburn Rovers player beyond the end of the my current contract in 2012. But right now I’m just focused on my football and everything else will come.”