Date: 7th September 2007 at 10:39am
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Much like most of us want for David Nugent, he just wants to be able to start focusing on his football. So he hopes that the transfer speculation can die down now so he can do just that – then force his way back into the England fold.

The Pompey Site say ‘despite being overlooked by Steve McClaren for England’s Euro 2008 qualifiers’ he is targeting an England return. To be honest I cannot see how anyone can say he has been overlooked because although he is not in, he has not been overlooked really.

Yep, he is not in but he has not done enough to be in so I do not really see it as a case of being overlooked, merely not in contention. Overlooked implies a negative tone ‘ignored’ or ‘disregarded’, which are things that would be untrue.

To get this recall firstly he has to be at full confidence, playing regularly and playing well, as well as scoring goals all things he feels he can achieve, ‘You have to be confident as a footballer otherwise you might as well not be playing.

‘I’m a striker and I need to be scoring goals. I’m sure they’ll come and when they do I’m sure I’ll get a call up’.

This season has been a bit stop start for him, so although I am not saying he has played badly – as he has not – he just has not really got a rhythm going but most of this is down to the hounding he has received from the media, along with very, very small minorities of fans, the smallest of smallest minorities.

The fella is full ability, so he will start to show his very best for Pompey soon. The transfer talk still will not entirely go away, as loan moves are still suggested, but so long as he stays focused, does not try too hard – which he maybe has – and takes his chances when they come he will be fine.

Yep, England has to be his goal and he will get back in, but first and foremost he has to focus on his Pompey career and doing what he does best, playing well, keeping his movement levels high, playing as a team and scoring goals – doing this will then see his chance come up again.

Nugent will have to be patient for his chance, but much like all the other strikers currently with Pompey he has plenty to offer and he will get a chance, taking this chance is what he has to do – and he will.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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