Murphy gives up on England
By Peter ORourke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Danny Murphy has admitted he has given up hope of reclaiming his place in the England side.
The Charlton midfielder feels his international ambitions are over after dropping out of Sven Goran Eriksson's plans.
Murphy has endured a difficult start to his Charlton career after arriving from Liverpool in the summer with some fans getting on his back, but the playmaker is not worried about the criticism aimed in his direction.
"I had a little bit of criticism after the Southampton game but I'm not bothered about things like that - I've been there before," said Murphy.
"It's only because of the expectancy levels on me. But that expectancy is there from me too - forget all the other people and fans and what they expect, I expect more of myself than anyone else does.
"I want to do well for Charlton and for the fans. For me, my personal pride as a player means I'll keep working as much as I possibly can to make sure I keep getting better at this club.
"England's always been secondary to me.
"I played at Liverpool at the top level for such a long time and England came with that for a while.
"But I'm a realist. I don't fantasise about getting into the England side because I don't think that, unless I was playing above my expectations and those at Charlton, that I'd get back in.
"The chances of it happening are slim. I don't even think about it."