Lescott voices England fears
Everton defender Joleon Lescott has admitted his fear that playing left-back for Everton will hamper his international progress.
By Will Wood
Last Updated: 08/11/08 1:24pm
Everton defender Joleon Lescott has gone public with his concerns that playing in the left-back role for David Moyes men is hampering his international prospects.
The 26-year old was a key figure in Everton's impressive campaign last term, forcing his way into the England senior side in the process as he established himself as an accomplished defender in the Premier League.
The Merseysider's indifferent start to the season this time round has, however, seen Moyes move the towering defender to the flank, and the switch has had an immediate impact with The Toffees going into this weekend's clash with West Ham unbeaten in three games.
Despite the upturn in Everton's fortunes, Lescott has reiterated his desire to operate in the centre of the side's defence in order to affirm his place in Fabio Capello's plans.
"It's a bit frustrating at the minute because I'm getting judged as a left-back. I'd love to play a part in the Germany game," Lescott told the Daily Star.
"But it's going to be harder to get into the squad because I've been playing left-back, and I'm viewed as a centre-back for England.
However, while Lescott fears his own versatility could see him miss out on the Three Lions' squad for the friendly clash with Germany on 19 November, he is willing to fill in where required as Everton look to replicate last seasons achievement.
"The team is more important than my individual progress," he continued.
"I'm happy to do a job for the team and the manager.
"It's just frustrating because I know - and the manager knows - I'm a centre-back.
"But I've played left-back a few times before, so for me to start complaining now is not the way I want to go about business.
"I signed a new contract last season so there's no way that I'm looking to get away."