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After nine months without a first team appearance, Birmingham's David Dunn has set his sights on winning back a place in the England squad.

The midfielder has suffered a wretched time with injuries over the past two seasons, making under 30 starts since his 2003 move from Blackburn, but has returned to training after undergoing dangerous surgery on his back.

The operation could have ended Dunn's career, although after successfully overcoming the latest obstacle in his career, the 25-year-old could make his comeback in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Thursday.

Blues boss Steve Bruce has already been quick to emphasise that Dunn must be eased back into action, but the player cannot wait to resume his career and even advanced a desire to challenge for a place in Sven Goran Eriksson's World Cup squad.

"I need to get playing," Dunn told the SP.

"I'm naturally fit and I don't need too many games to get me up to speed.

"I think I'll be okay in a couple of weeks.

"I need to be really because I've picked myself in my fantasy football team and I'm desperate for the points!

"I know I'm jumping the gun a bit but that spot on the left-hand side of England's midfield is definitely up for grabs.

"Who knows? I don't want to get carried away but the best thing for me is to start playing well for Birmingham.

"If I can do that for six months then anything could happen."