Bothroyd focused on promotion

Striker focused on promotion to top flight amid England talk

Bothroyd: Staying focused

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Jay Bothroyd is staying focused on winning promotion with Cardiff amid speculation linking him with an England call-up.

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England boss Fabio Capello is reportedly considering Bothroyd for the friendly against France later this month.

But the 28-year-old striker, who has hit 10 goals to help the Bluebirds to the top of the Championship, insists he is solely concentrating on helping Cardiff to the Premier League.

The Championship's top scorer told Sky Sports News: "I'm just thinking about getting promotion with Cardiff and playing well consistently.

"I don't think that's the sort of thing (an England call-up) that enters your mind, especially playing in the Championship.

"But now obviously it's been spoken about and I can't really take my focus off what I'm doing and think about that, I'm just thinking about playing well for Cardiff.

Always confident

"I don't want to come across big-headed but I'm always confident in my own ability, I feel that I can play at a higher level and that's why I'm so focused on getting to the Premiership with Cardiff.

"Hopefully I can do that and I'll see what happens from there."

Cardiff boss Dave Jones believes Capello should give Bothroyd a go and should not be put off by the fact he plays in the second tier of English football.

He said: "I think he deserves it. I read one article this morning saying that the England manager won't look at him because of the level that he's playing at.

"There's some good players down at this level - I wouldn't miss out on a good player because of the level he's playing at.

"If you've got a good player, he's a good player, it doesn't matter what level he's playing at.

"Can he step up? Yeah of course he can. Can he step up to the international scene? Give him a go and find out."

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