Kenny Davis eyeing further England caps as Britt returns to the Vicarage
WHILE most players will be putting their feet up come April 29 – the day after the regular Blue Square Bet Premier season ends – Braintree Town skipper Kenny Davis will be ensuring he maintains his fitness levels.
The Iron midfielder is eyeing another England C appearance when the country’s semi-professional team travel to Russia on June 4 in the International Challenge Trophy.
A summer call-up would cap off a superb campaign for the 23-year-old who has skippered the Iron to successful mid-table security this season.
“I think the game is on June 4 which is right in the middle of pre-season but obviously I will want to be selected so I will be doing what is required to keep my fitness levels up,” said Davis, who could return to the Iron fold against Kidderminster today, providing he can shake off the hamstring problem he sustained, ironically in England C’s last game – a 1-1 draw with Italy in February.
“It was a brilliant experience and obviously we scored in stoppage time which added a bit extra to the feeling, so I want to be involved again.”
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Davis has really impressed in the Iron engine-room this season, along with midfielder Jai Reason, who also represented his country with Davis against Gibraltar last year.
Nathan McDonald, Ben Wright and Aswad Thomas, also all made the England contingency squad.
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Davis’ call-up was the latest achievement for the midfielder who joined the Iron at the start of their 2010-2011 Blue Square Bet South promotion campaign.
He had previously been playing part-time for Grays who, after finishing 23rd in Conference Premier at the end of the 2009-10 season, resigned from the Conference.
“Obviously the football situation was not the best at Grays and it was hard,” said Davis, who plays for the Iron on non-contract terms and is training to be a black cab driver in London.
“I joined Braintree, I have been made captain this year which has been enjoyable, and I am playing the best football of my career.”
Manager Alan Devonshire will be without five-goal striker Britt Assombalonga today after the on-loan Watford striker was recalled to his parent club. Assombalonga, 19, signed with Iron for a second month’s loan spell after Saturday’s victory over Gateshead but was recalled by his parent club, Watford, on Thursday.
The in-form striker scored five goals in his spell with Town, following 12 goals for Ryman League Premier side, Wealdstone, earlier in the season.
Championship outfit Watford are firmly encamped in mid-table and manager Sean Dyche is looking at his options ahead of next season.
As for Devonshire, he was unlikely to be able to snare Assombalonga past this campaign but is keen on replacing the young hitman for now, despite Town being safe in mid-table themselves.
“I will probably look around but I don’t think I will be bringing anyone in before Saturday’s game,” said Devonshire.
After a goal and a red card on his debut at Lincoln, a game that ended 3-3, Assombalonga hit back to score doubles in games against Newport and Gateshead.
“I wish him well,” added Devonshire.
“He is a good kid to work with and he played well for us, and played in a couple of positions.
“We never spoke with Watford about doing anything with Britt for next season and he is going to be involved with their first-team. I really think he can push on.”