30 goals in 35 games - Bradley Wright-Phillips deserves an England call-up

Bradley Wright-Phillips

New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips deserves the chance his father Ian Wright got late in his career.

In July 2013 Bradley Wright-Phillips took a leap of faith and left England to continue his football abroad - joining the New York Red Bulls.

The son of a goalscoring natural in Ian Wright BWP never quite made the grade at Manchester City or Southampton when younger.

But he showed in spells at Plymouth Argyle and Charlton Athletic that he is a potent finisher. He scored 13 goals for Plymouth in 21 appearances back in 2010-11 - before going on to bag 22 in 45 for Charlton Athletic in 2011-12.

But he lost his scoring boots temporarily in 2012-13 and was loaned out to Brentford - which is when he decided for a change of scenery.

He headed to New York that summer, but initially struggled. Fans were on his back and BWP seemed to have a mental blockage in front of goal. Two from nine, not exactly electric form.

He worked himself into the ground that pre-season and also got to know better his strike partner for the upcoming season - Thierry Henry.

Henry is getting on now, but is still world-class. However leading the line is no longer his aim - he handed that mantle on to Wright-Phillips.

And he has taken on the job with aplomb.

Yesterday BWP scored again in the Eastern Conference play-off semi-finals against DC United. It took his record for the season to an outstanding 30 goals in 35 appearances.

Yes, MLS is not as high a standard as the Premier League. But nothing can beat a striker simply used to putting the ball in the back of the net.

Which leads to the next question. Is Bradley Wright-Phillips worthy of an England call-up?

At 29-years-old it might seem absurd to many. But his father was a late bloomer, not signing for Crystal Palace until he was 22 and going on to have his best years in his late 20's at Arsenal - going on to break their goalscoring record in 1997 - aged 34.

With the quality of Henry around him of course getting chances to score is easy, but putting them away is the hard part. BWP, usually does just that.

England have good options up front. Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney, Rickie Lambert and even Theo Walcott - while up and comers such as Saido Berahino and Harry Kane are in top form - making his chances of a call-up highly unlikely.

But if Sturridge remains injured, and England want their young players to continue at under-21 level, surely there are not many better options than Bradley Wright-Phillips out there at the moment - especially with Lambert struggling for minutes and goals.

Put it this way, BWP has certainly outperformed Jermain Defoe stateside.

If David Nugent, Bobby Zamora and Jay Bothroyd can play for England - then a 30 goal sensation with hereditary pedigree certainly deserves a mention.

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