Stockdale focused on Ipswich not England

IPSWICH Town keeper David Stockdale says another international call-up by England manager Fabio Capello this season would purely be a bonus.

The 25-year-old was selected for matches against Denmark and Switzerland earlier this year having played superbly for Fulham.

He found his chances severely limited upon veteran Mark Schwarzer’s return from injury though and, as a result, asked manager Martin Jol for a loan in order to get regular football.

Having joined Ipswich on a season-long loan this week, the Cottagers able to call him back at 24 hours notice, Stockdale says he is putting further international call-ups to the back of his mind for now.

“It’s not something that I’m looking directly at,” said the Yorkshireman, speaking at this morning’s open training day at Portman Road which was watched by over 2,000 fans.

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“I’ve got to get picked for Ipswich first and do well, but it’s nice to know I’ve been in the manager’s (Capello) thoughts and would be great if I could get Fulham and Ipswich’s name on an England squad.”

Asked if it would take him time to settle in, Stockdale continued: “Of course - it’s not just on the pitch, it’s off the pitch too. You need to know your players and how to communicate, but the lads are a great bunch and hopefully I’ll fit in well.

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“I’m not so vocal off the pitch, but on it I like to have a good rant and rave. Can you tell by voice from Tuesday night? I’m a bit hoarse!”

He added: “I’ve been knocking the gaffer’s door down looking for a loan move and he totally understands. He’s got Mark Schwarzer there who’s a world class goalkeeper, but you’ve got to come out and make your feelings known that you don’t want to sit on the bench.

“I wanted to come out on loan to a big club like this.”

– Full interview in tomorrow’s Evening Star.

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