Ridgewell eyes England role
Liam Ridgewell hopes to earn a call-up to the England squad in the future, with two of his team-mates.
Last Updated: 19/11/10 2:19pm
Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell is hoping he can earn a call-up to the England squad in the future, with two of his club team-mates.
The 26-year-old has been utilised by Blues boss Alex McLeish at left-back so far this season, but is more familiar at centre-half.
England are currently in a transition period and Italian coach Fabio Capello handed first caps to Andy Carroll, Jay Bothroyd and Jordan Henderson against France on Wednesday.
Since the Three Lions' disastrous World Cup campaign in the summer, Capello has also given debuts to Kevin Davies, Kieran Gibbs, Bobby Zamora, Gary Cahill and Jack Wilshere.
Former Under-21 international Ridgewell therefore has hope of earning a call in the future, and he believes fellow Birmingham stoppers Roger Johnson and Scott Dann also warrant recognition.
"You see people given a go at the England stage and we're the same, the three of us," he said.
"There's a transition in English football and everyone wants to be part of it, myself included.
"We're just trying to keep our heads down and try to keep going. As long as we keep performing and doing well for our club I'm sure we'll get a chance.
"Matty Upson got a cap a few years ago for Blues and that was great and hopefully I can do the same as he did."
Birmingham have made a stuttering start to the Premier League season and currently find themselves in the bottom three.
They host champions Chelsea on Saturday and Ridgewell believes a positive result could kick-start a good run.
"I think if we win it would be a great start," he added.
"Look at it last season. I think we got to about this time and we suddenly went 12 unbeaten.
"The bottom three wasn't talked about. We've just got to keep looking up and keep doing well and I'm sure it will turn around.
"They've got players who can tear defences to shreds and I'm sure they'll be looking to do that. We've got to be right on them."