Aston Villa's Scott Sinclair not giving up hope of England career

The 26-year-old winger has scored eight goals in 21 games since arriving from Manchester City last January.

Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair has told AVTV that he has not given up hope of earning a first England call-up in the future.

Sinclair was previously seen as a potential England star while at Swansea City, where he scored 27 goals in 50 total appearances during the Welsh side’s 2010-11 promotion-winning season, before netting eight times in 38 Premier League games the following campaign.

The 26-year-old eventually sealed a £6.2 million move to Manchester City in August 2012 but soon saw his Three Lions ambitions diminish after failing to make an impact under either Roberto Mancini or Manuel Pellegrini, as well as during a season-long loan at West Bromwich Albion.

In total, he made only three starts in 19 appearances for City before joining Villa in January on a loan deal which later became permanent after the club avoided the drop but, while the former Under-21 international has not quite managed to recapture his Swansea form since, he does look to be getting his once-flourishing career back on track.

 Premier League
SeasonGoalsTotal ShotsShooting AccuracyAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyTotal DribblesDribble SuccessAppearancesMins Played
Scott Sinclair 2015-2016 2 6 50% 0 2 89% 22 17.39% 7 511
Scott Sinclair 2014-2015 1 7 43% 0 2 78% 10 38.46% 9 461

After scoring three times in 12 games over the second half of last season, the ex-Chelsea starlet has showcased more of his finishing skills this term, as he followed up a hat-trick performance in August’s 5-3 Capital One Cup second round win over Notts County with a brace in the subsequent 2-2 league draw with Sunderland.

He has since gone goalless over the past five matches but, having reminded fans and the media alike of his past potential, the claret and blue faithful are now hoping that the can put another run of form together to help move the club out of the drop zone over the coming weeks.

There is certainly no reason why that could not get him on Roy Hodgson’s radar, although the versatile attacker stresses that his main focus for the moment is on Villa.

“First and foremost I need to concentrate on helping Villa get results and start winning games,” said Sinclair, who previously played for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics in London. “But hopefully once that starts happening, if I’m performing and scoring goals, then it’d be great to play for my country.”

In the meantime, Sinclair has featured in various attacking roles for Tim Sherwood’s side so far this season but, after his nightmare spell in Manchester, he insists that he does not mind where he lines up, just as long as he is on the pitch.

“Wherever the manager wants me to play I’ll play,” Sinclair added to AVTV. “If he wants me to be out wide, behind the triangle or as a striker I’ll do the job.

“But it’s great when you’re playing up top. You’ve got to score goals as well so, when I do play as a striker, I have to chip in with the goals.”

With Villa sitting in 18th-place in the table with just four points from eighth games and without a top-flight victory since the 1-0 opening day win at Bournemouth, it would certainly help ease the pressure on Sherwood if he could do just that.

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