Beattie in England hope
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Everton's James Beattie is hoping that his good form could lead to an England call.
Everton striker James Beattie believes that he still has a chance of making England's World Cup squad.
The 27-year-old has been instrumental in The Toffees' resurgence this season¸ finally starting to find the net on a regular basis.
With Sven Goran Eriksson admitting that he does not yet know his final squad for the World Cup, Beattie is confident that he can force his way into the Swede's plans before the season is over.
"As I have always said, the priority for me is to play well for Everton and hopefully I am doing a bit of that now," he insisted.
"I am really enjoying my football at the minute and I have never given up the dream of playing for England.
"But that is a decision that is out of my hands. I will just keep playing with a smile on my face, whether it happens or it doesn't."
A good performance against Newcastle on Saturday is unlikely to earn Beattie a place in Eriksson's squad for the friendly against Uruguay next week, but Everton boss David Moyes feels that he can make an irresistible case for inclusion if he maintains his current form.
"I think that you are now seeing the real James Beattie everybody knew was out there," Moyes declared.
"People have said that if you can get him up to a level of fitness, you will have a player on your hands. He is beginning to show that and he should still have England ambitions.
"I want him to score 20 goals for Everton and then I will be saying 'Get him in the England team'."