Holt dreaming of England call

Canaries striker wants to play for Three Lions

Grant Holt: The striker insists his game has improved

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Grant Holt admits he is dreaming of playing for England at Euro 2012 after a sensational first season in the top flight with Norwich.

The Canaries skipper is the second highest English scorer in the Premier League having scored an impressive 13 goals and 15 overall this season.

And with top home goalscorer Wayne Rooney banned for the first two games of the tournament in Poland and Ukraine and Darren Bent on the road to recovery from ankle ligament damage, the door has opened for the 30-year-old former tyre fitter from Carlisle.

"I've been an England supporter for almost 31 years so it's the dream, isn't it?" said Holt.

"Obviously I want to play for England. If (selection) goes on goals and recent performances, recent stats, then I'll be in. I obviously can give (the team) another angle.

"Whoever comes in, it's up to them. If he picks me I'll gladly play for them.

"It doesn't always go on stats. I have seen a lot of players get call-ups who shouldn't and a lot who should get picked but don't get picked.

"That's just the way football is. Every manager is different and they'll either like me or they won't and I'll get picked or I won't get picked."

The forward who arrived from Shrewsbury in July 2009 insists his game has improved after struggling to break into the first-team at the start of the season and has slimmed down after being labelled overweight.

He added: "It's a very tough division and we've played a few games to learn that, but I've come back fitter, my diet's a lot better and I don't drink as much now so I'm all right."