Iwelumo eyes Scots call
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Iwelumo is looking to thrust himself into the international spotlight.
Taking on Chelsea in the FA Cup would be incentive enough for most players, but Colchester striker Chris Iwelumo is looking to thrust himself into the international spotlight at Stamford Bridge.
Colchester have battled through to round five of the world's most famous Cup competition and have been rewarded with a tie against the Premiership champions.
Iwelumo and his U's team-mates have been plotting the downfall of Jose Mourinho's superstars and the striker believes he could catch the eye of Scotland boss Walter Smith with a positive display in West London.
The former York City man earned a call-up by Berti Vogts in 2002, but was denied the chance to feature on the tour of South Korea as he was required by Stoke for the play-offs.
He has been overlooked ever since, but believes he finally has a stage to showcase his skills.
"I got into Berti's Scotland squad the season Stoke City were promoted but the club would not allow me to go because of the play-offs," Iwelumo told the Daily Record.
"I was gutted and haven't really heard anything since. Hopefully I can do well enough against Chelsea to bring myself to Walter's attention. I'd love a chance.
"If I could get into the Scotland set-up it would be up to me to show what I can do. Pulling on a Scotland top would be a dream come true."