Nugent call frustrates Chopra
By Lewis Rutledge. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Cardiff striker Michael Chopra admits it 'does his head in' to see David Nugent ahead of him in the England pecking order.
Preston's Nugent has been selected for England's Under 21 game against Italy but could be called up to the senior squad if there are any late withdrawals, after being placed on standby by Steve McClaren.
Chopra is the Championship's top scorer with 21 goals this term but has been overlooked for international duty since earning one Under 21 cap when he was at Newcastle.
And he concedes it is frustrating to see others in line to be picked before him.
"It does do my head in to see David Nugent called up like that for England, to be honest with you," Chopra told the Western Mail.
"He's a good player, but I don't think I'm getting a fair crack at the England setup.
"Nugent has been playing for the Under 21s and that makes it easier to make the step up.
"I wasn't ever really given a chance at that level to show what I could do. I had one match, I scored a goal and was never called up again.
"All I can do now is take things on the chin and do my best at Cardiff and see if I can get a chance for England in future."