Naylor dreams of England
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic's Lee Naylor is hopeful England coach Steve McClaren could come calling.
Lee Naylor is hopeful his UEFA Champions League performances this season for Celtic will convince Steve McClaren to give him his international head, with injuries to Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge meaning the England chief is on the lookout for a left-back.
A European Championship qualifying double header at the end of the month sees England depleted at left-back as both first choice Cole, and his understudy Bridge, are unavailable for the Israel game on 24th March.
Cole misses out through suspension, while a knee injury has ruled Bridge out of both the Israel game and the Andorra clash four days later.
McClaren could call on the likes of Jamie Carragher, Phil Neville and Gareth Barry but north of the border has seen calls for the inclusion of Naylor, who has shone at Celtic since making the move from Wolves last August.
In European competition this term, against the likes of Manchester United and Milan, Naylor has not looked out of place and he concedes he is now dreaming of international recognition.
"I will work my socks off every day for Celtic and if that gets the attention of the England boss, I will be absolutely delighted," said Naylor to Celtic View.
"It's my dream and I will continue to pursue that, but at the end of the day, it's up to the England boss to decide and it's a case of fingers-crossed.
"The Champions League does give you a better chance of getting looked at and possibly getting selected.
"I gave a good account of myself the other night, so hopefully I will have given him (McClaren) something to think about."