Celtic’s Hooper should play for England

garyhooper 150x73 Celtics Hooper should play for EnglandKelvin Wilson has expressed his bemusement that compatriot and Celtic teammate Gary Hooper didnt receive a call-up to the England squad for their recent friendly against Holland.

Wilson said: “I don’t know how it works but I think Gary deserves one (a call-up).

“I’m surprised he’s not at least in the squad.”

The dearth of striking options available to England was highlighted by the withdrawals of Wayne Rooney and Darren Bent on the eve of wednesday’s game, leaving interim coach Stuart Pearce with a strikeforce of Daniel Sturridge, Frazier Campbell and Danny Welbeck from whom to choose.

Those three have only seven caps and no goals between them at senior international level, and with 24-year old Hooper having scored twenty goals already this season, and 22 the season before, Celtic defender Wilson believes the former Scunthorpe and Southend forward can offer just as much as his Premier League counterparts.

Wilson continued: “This is the second season he’s scored goals here and he’s not just a goalscorer, his all-round play is very good.

The last Scottish-based Englishman to receive a call-up to the England team was then-Rangers’ Paul Gascoigne in the mid-90s, but as an Englishman north of the border himself, Wilson rejects claims the SPL is inferior to its English equivalent.

“People say the English league is stronger than the Scottish one” said Wilson, “(but) I think they called up David Nugent and Jay Bothroyd before when he was playing in the Championship.

“They’re saying the league is weak up here but why are they calling up players from that league and not Gary Hooper?

“I think he’s got to just keep doing what he’s doing.

“If he gets picked, he gets picked. If not, he’ll just keep scoring goals.”

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2 Responses to Celtic’s Hooper should play for England

  1. Did Alan Thompson not get a call up a few seasons back? Maybe 2005?

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    • You might be right there. I forgot all about him! Gascoigne was the last Scots-based player to make an appearance for England though, I would think.

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