Smith rejected England
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Smith rejected the chance to link up with the England squad.Sven Goran Eriksson has revealed Alan Smith rejected the chance to link-up with the England squad following Andy Johnson's injury.
The Swede overlooked the Manchester United man in his original squad to face Denmark on Wednesday, but made the call after being informed Johnson had a hamstring strain.
Eriksson wanted Smith in his squad although the firebrand striker has preferred to remain with United and get a 90-minute run-out under his belt.
"Andy Johnson is injured. I picked him but was told he had a hamstring injury," explained Eriksson.
"Alan Smith should have been in, but he has played little football and wants to play in the reserves on Tuesday and have 90 minutes."
Meanwhile, Eriksson has his preferred starting eleven picked, but is waiting to see if they recapture their form of last season before putting them on his team sheet.
"If I had to pick my team now, I know the 11 players I would play, if they have a season like last season," he added.
"A lot of things can change, new players coming in, maybe some of them not playing as well as last season."
Results are the bread and butter of international football, but Eriksson is keen for his charges to shine against Denmark when they go head to head on Wednesday evening.
"I hope we get a good performance in Copenhagen but I'm very keen to see the players and talk to them.
"We have to prepare for September and October. That's extremely important for us."