Downing sights on England

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Stewart Downing has trained his sights on securing an England recall.

The classy winger produced a starring show in Middlesbrough's 5-1 mauling of Bolton on Saturday and he is eager to mirror the form on the international stage.

Downing endured a disappointing end to last year on the international front, as he was axed for England's trip to Croatia following a below-par display against FYR Macedonia.

He was not alone in underperforming against the Macedonians, but he has knuckled down on Teesside and Boro are starting to reap the rewards.

After his starring display against The Trotters, Downing made it clear that he is intent on winning a recall for next month's friendly with Spain.

"What happened before is not going to stop me wanting to be involved with England again," said Downing.

"I thought I did okay at the World Cup but the European Championship is now the priority and I'm hoping to be selected for the friendly with Spain next month."

Boro impressed many observers in the win over Bolton and Downing believes they have to continue that form if they are to stand a chance of keeping hold of Jonathan Woodgate in the summer.

Woodgate joined Boro on loan from Real Madrid last year, but it is unclear what the future holds for the defensive star.

"You can do all the talking you want but to get him to stay you have to keep playing the way we did today," stated Downing.