Muamba - I need more goals
Fabrice Muamba is determined to add goals to his game in a bid to propel himself into the England squad.
By Soriebah Kajue
Last Updated: 13/02/11 1:05pm
Fabrice Muamba is determined to add goals to his game in a bid to propel himself into Fabio Capello's England squad.
The Bolton midfielder has been a vital part of the Under-21 set up for the last four years but has failed to make the transition to a fully-fledged international.
During that period he has been leap-frogged as James Milner, Ashley Young, Gabby Agbonlahor and, most recently, Jack Wilshere have taken that next step in their development.
Muamba has garnered just one goal this term in 27 Premier League games for Bolton and is yet to open his international account after 29 games for his country.
And he insists the time has come for him to add a goal threat to his game if he wants to emulate his fellow Under-21 graduates.
"I'm forever grateful for being able to play week in, week out for Bolton, but I think I need to be more consistent and score more goals for them," he told skysports.com.
"If I can do that then I'll catch people's attention more because that is what I need to do. That's how people get in the senior England squad, by scoring goals.
"It's not really what I'm known for but I think I need to start moving forward more in my play. That's my best chance of getting in the senior team.
"You look at the senior team and see people like Jordan Henderson getting their chance there last year and a couple of other boys have gone forward from this team as well.
"I suppose if you keep doing well for your club and well for the U-21s your chance will come. I've never spoken to the manager about it. I'd never ask him about that.
"You can't waste too much time thinking about it, you just have to keep training as hard as you can."