Knight told to forget England
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman has told Zat Knight to forget about England and focus on Fulham.
Fulham manager Chris Coleman has told defender Zat Knight to forget about his England prospects and concentrate solely on his club football.
Knight has won back his place in The Cottagers' side in recent weeks and has shone in the last two games against Newcastle and Tottenham.
The 26-year-old has also taken the captain's armband in Luis Boa Morte's absence but Coleman insists the defender is not immune from being dropped.
Knight's recent performances have brought with them talk of an England recall under Steve McClaren but the Fulham boss is determined to wipe any similar thoughts from the stopper's mind.
"Zat Knight shouldn't have one second's thought about England at the moment. What he should be thinking is 'I don't want to be back out of the team'," Coleman said.
"He won't be back out of the team if he continues his recent form. That's what has got him back into the team and that's why he's got the armband in the absence of Luis Boa Morte.
"England will come along if his performances continue. He can't be thinking about England. Every second has to be focused on being captain of Fulham and keeping himself on the pitch."
Meanwhile, Coleman is refusing to put a date on Jimmy Bullard's return from a knee ligament injury.
The former Wigan midfielder has travelled to Colorado for surgery by top knee specialist Richard Steadman and Coleman remains unsure when the 27-year-old will be back in action.
"The operation went well. Jimmy is in good spirits and he'll be back in a few weeks," confirmed Coleman.
"We'll take a good look at him when he gets back but we still can't put a date on when he'll be ready to play - it's open-ended at the moment.
"Then in another eight weeks he'll go back over to check everything is going well.
"He's in good spirits. He rang me after the Chelsea game and I had a good chat with him."