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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Danny Murphy rejects England talk

TEAMtalk :    Fulham’s Danny Murphy has dismissed talk of a surprise England call-up but praised the appointment of Roy Hodgson.

The former Whites boss was named as successor to Fabio Capello last week and swiftly added Fulham coach Ray Lewington to his backroom staff.

The Fulham connections have seen some suggest Murphy may be in line for a shock call-up for Euro 2012, eight and a half years after collecting his last England cap against Denmark.

The 35-year-old has laughed off such talk but believes Hodgson is a great appointment.

“I have not thought about that for a long time,” the evergreen midfielder said about playing for England.

“My only thought when I heard he got the job was pleasure for him.

“I know what a gentleman he is and what a knowledgeable man he is and the players will certainly go into the Euros knowing what he wants from them. They will be well organised.

“Ray is a terrific coach as well and together they – them two and Mike Kelly – turned Fulham into nearly a Europa League-winning team.

“He will do his country proud. I think he is a terrific coach, an absolute gentleman and I am really pleased for him.”

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