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5 Top Reasons Why Celtic’s Hooper Should Be An English Lion

Alan Thompson was the last one to do it. In 2004. In the years before the likes of Terry Butcher, Gary Stevens and Gazza did it. We’re talking about guys who earned a call up to the England squad despite the fact they were plying their trade in Scotland.

However in recent years consecutive England managers have snootily looked down their noses at the game north of the border refusing to name anyone who was earning their corn playing beyond Hadrian’s Wall.

This week though Roy Hodgson bucked that particular trend by awarding Celtic keeper Fraser Forster a place in his squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

But there was no good news for Forster’s club mate Gary Hooper whom Neil Lennon has been gushing in his praise recently.

The Essex born forward has been an inspired signing for the Scottish champions notching a terrific 46 goals in 69 appearances, but it seems fans of Engerland will not be cheering him on in the near future.

So for Mr Hodgson and any other doubters out there here are five reasons why Hooper deserves to be one day wearing the famous three lions.

1.He scores goals. Lots of them.

Okay hitting the back of the net when up against third rate SPL defenders cannot be classed as big an achievement as firing home in the Premier League, La Liga of Serie A but its still a skill which cannot be snuffed at.

2. He has netted in the Champions League.

It is the competition that gets us all salivating as we take a break from watching the mundane world of domestic football to enjoy the pleasure of viewing the best that Europe can offer. And Gary Hooper has shown he has got what it takes to not look out of place, witness not just his goal in Moscow but his overall performance was top class.

3. He plays for one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Now it may be almost 50 years since they were famously crowned kings of Europe and in recent years they have struggled to rule the roost in Scotland but Celtic FC are undoubtedly a big club. A really big club.

With a worldwide fan base and around 40.000 season tickets the team from the east end of Glasgow are an institution and it requires a strong personality to be able to pull on that famous green and white shirt not succumbing to the pressure of performing at such a high standard on a regular basis.

Hooper has the mentality to cope with the expectations on his shoulders, he knows what to do when the spotlight is on.

4. England could do with him.

Not since Michael Owen was in his pomp has the English national team had an out and out goalscorer they could rely on.

Wayne Rooney is a sublime talent but he is not really a centre forward in the old fashioned sense whilst his temperament and history of injury problems has seen him fail to replicate his Manchester United form for his country.

Defoe is ok but struggles to get a regular first start for Spurs. Carroll has failed to live up to the tag of the most expensive UK based transferred player and Wellbeck looks like he should have taking up professional diving as his chosen career instead of football.

5. It would shut up Mark Lawrenson.

The BBC pundit is no fan of Scottish football so it would be pleasant to see Hooper prove him wrong.

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