Sunderland’s Cattermole aiming for England cap

Lee Cattermole believes he can force his way into Roy Hodgson’s England squad with his performances for Sunderland, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Cattermole has been backed for a place in the national team by club manager Gus Poyet while the player himself has said the absence of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard – who both retired from international duty following the World Cup – has created a space he could potentially fill.

“In recent years, it is not something for me to be too interested in because of the names that were playing – the Gerrards and the Lampards,” he said. “But you look at the boys who have got in [this time] and that is something that I am trying to achieve.”

Cattermole pointed to the new faces named in the squad to play Norway and Switzerland – including Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph and Jack Colback, Newcastle United’s former Sunderland midfielder – as reason to feel he and a number of others can soon win international recognition.

“It is a great opportunity for the lads who are there now, but also for the lads who are looking to get there – lads like Tom Huddlestone, Mark Noble and myself – that is what we are now looking for,” he added. “That is something we probably would not have been able to do in the past.

“It would mean an awful lot to me to get a call-up. Every English player would be lying if they said they were not looking to play for England. The perception is players don’t care, but it’s wrong.”

Cattermole has been at Sunderland since a 2009 move from Wigan Athletic, when he followed for Latics boss Steve Bruce to the Stadium of Light. The 26-year-old began his career at Middlesbrough, making 91 appearances, before a season with Wigan. Cattermole has gone on to feature 121 times for the Mackems and won 16 caps for the England Under-21 side.

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