Stead's England dream
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Blackburn striker Jon Stead is dreaming of a place in the England squad.Blackburn striker Jon Stead is gearing up for what could be a landmark season, and has plans of making the senior England squad.
The 21-year-old made an instant impact at Ewood Park following his move from Huddersfield Town.
He made the transition with ease, but knows this term will be much harder as he has to prove he is not just a flash in the pan.
Stead says that he is hoping to continue his goalscoring form for Graeme Souness' side - which he thinks could help his international career.
"I'm under no illusions that this is going to be my most important season, but hopefully, I'll score goals and then you never know what will happen," said Stead.
"I went out to Euro 2004 to watch England play Portugal and the atmosphere was superb. It has whetted my appetite, that's what I've always dreamed of.
"We've got England Under-21 games coming up, so my first aim is to get a place in that squad and then I'll look to push on from there."
Meanwhile, unlucky midfielder David Thompson will not be fit enough to start the season despite a brave fightback from injury.
Thompson has missed almost a year with a knee problem but was hoping to line up for Rovers on the opening day of the season.
However, the former Liverpool man had to come off early during a game for the reserves, and will now miss West Brom's visit to Ewood Park on Saturday.