David Nugent is ready for Premier League and England return

Leicester City

David Nugent returns to the Premier League after a four-year absence and his hoping he can add to his solitary England cap.

In March 2007 David Nugent became the first Preston North End player to represent England since the great Sir Tom Finney. He came off the bench against Andorra and managed to bag a goal, albeit a tap in from about two centimetres but they all count. He hasn't received a call-up since but he fancies his chances this season.

"There aren’t a lot of English strikers who scored a lot of goals in the Premier League last season.

“You’ve got Rickie, Jay Rodriguez, Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney who hit 10 goals or more.

“Then you’re looking at Danny Welbeck, who doesn’t play much for Manchester United. After that it’s take your pick.

His career didn't exactly go down the path that many expected following his England debut. Portsmouth paid £6 million to prise Nugent away from Preston North End but he seemed to fall out of favour instantly with Harry Redkanpp. His appearances were limited in the next two years as were his goals although he did pick up an FA Cup winners medal in 2009.

A loan spell with Burnley in the Premier League allowed him some game time and he scored six goals for The Clarets but could not stop them from being relegated along with Portsmouth in 2010. Nuge showed his prowess in the Championship for Pompey has he finished as their top goalscorer with 14 goals.

Sven Goran Eriksson took him to Leicester City and after 54 goals in three seasons he finds himself back in the Premier League and he is determined to show he is worthy of a place in the top flight.

Speaking to The Independent the 29-year-old believes he has unfinished business in the Premier League. Recalling his time at Portsmouth he said "I was out of favour virtually straightaway. I started the first two games then didn’t start another Premier League game until the New Year."

I didn’t tackle Harry about it at the time. It was just one of those things... we didn’t get on. I didn’t think I got a fair crack in the Premier League and it was tough to take.

“I lost my confidence, didn’t have anything about me and I didn’t want to play football at the time."

Nugent should be in favour with Foxes manager Nigel Pearson this season after becoming such a key player for the side. Leonardo Ulloa has been brought in but Nugent would still be considered a main part of the starting eleven.

“It didn’t happen for me at Portsmouth, maybe it wasn’t the right club for me,” says Nugent. “But everybody makes mistakes in life and I’m fitter, stronger, older, wiser and I’m ready for the Premier League this season.”

"I have unfinished business. I think people still believe I’m not good enough for the Premier League but I’m going to prove them wrong.”

Nugent is a natural goalscorer and an exciting player to watch, as he rightly says there isn't a great deal of prolific English strikers in the league, so he could propel himself into the reckoning for an international call-up.


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