Norwich City striker Grant Holt has taken a swipe at the England squad selection process
Last Updated: October 4, 2012 7:08pm
Grant Holt: Has given up in his efforts to earn an England call-up
Norwich City striker Grant Holt claims it is 'ridiculous' that he has not been offered an opportunity with England.
The 31-year-old striker was believed to be among those under consideration for a Euro 2012 berth after netting 15 times in his debut Premier League campaign.
Holt was, however, overlooked by national coach Roy Hodgson for pre-tournament friendlies against Norway and Belgium and continues to find himself on the outside looking in during 2014 World Cup qualification.
"I gave up on that," Holt said on his international aspirations.
"I think I'll never be in it. Roy's come in and picking his players.
"When two friendlies came up and I wasn't included, it was ridiculous to be honest.
"He hasn't given anyone opportunities - people like Nathan Dyer and Danny Graham from Swansea didn't even get a look in, but that's life."
And Holt believes he is not the only player not being given a fair crack of the whip, picking out former Rochdale team-mate Rickie Lambert - who has scored four league goals for Southampton already this term - as a prime example.
"He's scoring the goals," he added.
"He's done well. But I think any neutral looking at that list (the latest England squad) could have written it down beforehand and not been far off.
"Unless Rickie Lambert scores 25 goals or bags 10 in the next two months I don't think he'll get close."