Curbs retains Murphy hope
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Curbishley is hoping that Danny Murphy remains in Sven Goran Eriksson's plans.Charlton boss Alan Curbishley is hopeful that star midfielder Danny Murphy remains in the plans of Sven Goran Eriksson despite his failure to make the England squad to face Austria and Poland.
The former Liverpool star had been widely tipped to earn an international recall after starting the Premiership season in impressive fashion as he played a key role in Charlton's five wins from seven games.
Murphy again produced a sterling performance in front of the watching Eriksson on Saturday against Tottenham Hotspur, although he was omitted for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The Swede opted to stick with in-favour Spurs man Jermaine Jenas despite his unimpressive performances since switching to White Hart Lane, but Curbishley says that Murphy may yet find himself in the reckoning before the finals next summer.
The 28-year-old suffered heartbreak on the eve of the 2002 World Cup as he was forced home from Japan with a foot injury, and Curbishley is hoping that his influential performances this season will see the Swede allow him the chance to shine next year.
"Sven Goran Eriksson was at The Valley on Saturday and perhaps Danny's in his thoughts but not just yet," said Curbishley.
"I'm a bit disappointed and I'm sure the player will be.
"He has been playing excellently for us this season and had another good game against Spurs at the weekend."