Burnley manager Sean Dyche has not ruled out the possibility of Jay Rodriguez being called up by England given his performances this season.
The Clarets striker netted his eighth Premier League goal of the campaign in the 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Saturday, his third in his last four games, and his club manager feels that those performances might just catch the eye of England coach Gareth Southgate.
As per Lancashire Live, Dyche said of Rodriguez: “He’s done a great job coming in off the wider positions, where he can still score goals, but I do like him as a centre forward.
“Gareth is taking it in a different direction now with the age bracket and I totally understand. Gareth has his own thoughts on it, but you never know. It’s one of those things, he’s been down that road before so you never know.”
Rodriguez, who is valued at £4.32m by TransferMarkt, has been capped once by England before but that was way back in 2013. He had been in the frame to go to the following summer’s World Cup, only for a cruciate ligament injury to cruelly deprive him of that opportunity.
His Premier League goal tally of eight for the current campaign is his highest in a top-flight season since the 15 he netted for Southampton at the time of his previous international call-up (as per TransferMarkt).
Does Jay Rodriguez deserve an England call-up?
While the Burnley striker has been in fine form of late and enjoyed a strong season, the competition for forward berths in Southgate’s England squad is fierce. National team captain Harry Kane has struck 13 Premier League goals this season, while Raheem Sterling has 17, Marcus Rashford has 16 and Tammy Abraham has 14 – and the latter three are all playing for clubs in the top five of the division.
Indeed, if any striker is likely to force his way into the England reckoning, it is ex-Clarets man Danny Ings, who has struck 19 league goals for Southampton this term.
Also, Southgate’s England squads have had a rather youthful look about them. In the last international squad that the 49-year-old selected, Danny Rose was the only player in his 30s – Rodriguez will be 31 in a couple of weeks’ time.
With the level of attacking options at Southgate’s disposal, as well as his deviation towards younger players, the chances of Rodriguez even getting called into the England squad, never mind winning another cap, currently seem more unlikely than likely.
However, that the topic of an England call-up for the Burnley striker has even been mentioned is a sign that he has enjoyed a terrific season and is in superb form. While some Clarets fans might like to see him getting the Three Lions call, they may not be too perturbed if he doesn’t so long as he continues to shine at Turf Moor.
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