David Stockdale insists he is focused only on promotion with Brighton

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Brighton & Hove Albon won 2-1 away at Nottingham Forest on Monday night and their goalkeeper continues to receive plaudits for his performances.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale, has told BBC Sport how promotion to the Premier league is more important to him than a call-up to the England squad.

The former Fulham stopper has been present for every minute of the Seagulls' Championship campaign. He has been a key figure in helping them go on a nine-game unbeaten run in the league - managing five clean sheets in the process.

He has never gained an England cap, despite being called up to several international squads under former boss Fabio Capello, but insists that promotion with his club is his priority.

"It is always nice but I would take promotion this season over an England call-up any day," Stockdale said.

The 30-year-old did go on to say how much of a privilege it would be to be called up by his nation, but that he can only focus on his displays for Brighton:

"It is always something you work for. You don't really set goals and say 'I want to be in the England squad' because sometimes you can be unrealistic. I know there are very good goalkeepers and I am not saying I am better than anyone. I will just do what I can do for Brighton."

The Seagulls have five games remaining in their Championship season, and with a fascinating final day fixture away to league leaders Middlesbrough to look forward to, Stockade is delighted that Brighton's destiny remains in their own hands.

"It is brilliant to think that we have five games and just have to look after our own business," he added. "It is a strange feeling to be this close but yet so far away."

Brighton host Stockdale's former club Fulham on Friday night as they look to put pressure on Burnley and Middlesbrough above them in the table.

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