Murphy down over England call
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Charlton's Danny Murphy admits he is not expecting a recall to the England squad.Charlton Athletic midfielder Danny Murphy admits he is not expecting a recall to the England squad.
Murphy has not played for The Three Lions since the friendly defeat to Denmark in November 2003 but there has been a growing clamour for a recall.
The former Liverpool man has enjoyed a fantastic start to the new season, with his performances helping The Addicks into second in The Premiership.
England assistant coach Tord Grip had also hinted that Murphy's displays for Charlton could see him back in the squad for the World Cup qualifiers.
But Sven Goran Eriksson overlooked Murphy for the games against Austria and Poland, and the 28-year-old admits he is no longer anticipating another appearance for his country.
"I'm lucky because I've experienced it before a few years ago when I first started playing well for Liverpool," Murphy told Sky Sports News, with regard to the talk of a call-up.
"I never really got too engrossed in the hype this week as I never thought I'd be in the squad.
"As the week progressed a part of me thought maybe I might, so part of me will always have that little bit of hope but I'm very realistic.
"I know the midfielders in this country are really top quality and I think you could pick probably 10, 12, even 14 midfielders who are capable of playing for their country so it's difficult for the manager.
"I think if I keep performing the way I am, at the level I am, I might get another chance but I don't really think about it too much because it can affect you.
"I'd rather let other people do the talking and give me the plaudits and then, if it happens, great, if it doesn't I'll just keep doing what I'm doing because I'm not expecting it anyway."
Murphy was a late addition to the World Cup squad in 2002 and accepts lightning could strike twice, although he is focusing on success with Charlton.
He added: "If I can contribute to Charlton's success, ie getting a place in Europe or winning a cup, then that means I'm doing something right and the team is doing something right.
"I have got to remain focused on that. If I let that slip, the rest slips away anyway.
"We will just see what happens. I've seen it before in 2002. I got called up because someone got injured two days before they were set to travel.
"You never know. Part of me will hope it can still happen but the majority of my mind says it won't."