Stewart Downing wants England place him himself and two teammates

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West Ham United's Stewart Downing says he is hoping to get back into England contention, alongside two teammates.

Stewart Downing is targeting a return to the England set-up, but admits that it is unlikely whilst Roy Hodgson is in charge.

The West Ham United winger believes that Hodgson isn't a fan of his style of play and says that he is resigned to not playing for the Three Lions whilst the current management regime are in charge.

However, at the age of 30, he still feels he has time to wait for his call-up and he believes that if he continues to impress that the next England boss may select him. 

"I'd never say my England career was over but, if I am realistic, I don't think I will get a chance while Roy Hodgson is in charge," Downing is quoted as saying by Daily Mail. 

"The only thing I can do is keep playing well and if injuries happen, you never know, he might change his mind.

"If he doesn't pick me that's fair enough, it's his opinion. He did pick me for the Euros but didn't play me and after that I didn't get selected again. He hadn't really seen me but maybe I didn't fit into his systems or he wanted to go for younger players - I honestly don't know.

"I'm still only 30 and maybe if I don't get an opportunity under this England coach, it could still happen further down the line."

Downing has started the season in fine form for the Hammers and is enjoying one of his better patches of form in recent times.

The former Liverpool man has not found the form that he showed at Aston Villa in some time now, but he appears to be edging closer to his best and he will be hoping to build on his momentum to catch Hodgson's eye this season.

It is not just a place in the England squad for himself that Downing, who has earned 34 national caps to date, is targeting, though. He also feels that Mark Noble and James Tomkins, his West Ham teammates, are perfectly capable of doing a job for the nation. 

"I thought Mark Noble would have been in the last England squad," Downing said. "With respect to Fabian Delph, Mark has played consistently well in the Premier League for a number of years.

"James Tomkins is another one who would maybe be disappointed not to have been called up but, like Mark, he's young enough to get his chance one day, if he keeps playing well."

If the trio are to force their way into international selection then they will have to be in fine form their club, who are looking to kick on after last season.

There has been widespread criticism of their playing style from the supporters for some time, but the Hammers are known to be wanting to play with a more entertaining and aesthetically pleasing style this season. 

So far it hasn't had the desired effect, with their solitary win of the campaign coming against Crystal Palace, but they will be hoping for an up-turn in fortunes against Hull City tonight. 

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