Aviva Stadium

Next Game

Rep Ire v England

Sunday, 07 June 2015, 20:00

International Match

Last Game

Italy 1 - 1 England

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 19:45

International Match

Smalling keen to keep place

Chris Smalling is keen to cement a place in the England side and would love to be involved against Montenegro on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 27/03/13 at 09:45 Post Comment

Chris Smalling: Hoping to keep place against Montenegro

Chris Smalling: Hoping to keep place against Montenegro

Manchester United defender Smalling had a quiet night against San Marino on Friday, when he partnered Joleon Lescott against next to no opposition, and he hopes he will keep his place in Podgorica in a far tougher assignment.

Smalling has been plagued by injuries since signing for United, and this season has proved a stop-start one as well, but he feels he is ready for a long run for club and country.

"It has been a frustrating season. My season didn't get started until mid November with injuries," Smalling said. "It was the second last game of the season against Swansea when I felt my groin and it ruled me out of the summer (Euro 2012).

"I came back for pre-season raring and ready to go and then my foot went so I didn't get going until mid November.

"But I've always been ready the last couple of months, I've stayed fit, and just hope to stay fit until the end of the season and keep picking up games. It's not been the ideal season. It's not been a great season but I just hope next season I can stay injury fit and play more games.

"I've been feeling good and hopefully I can finish the season strong and have a good pre-season because I didn't have a full one last summer."

"Am I conscious a position is up for grabs? Definitely. There were a few pull-outs for the San Marino game but it gives the people here an opportunity.

"I definitely see myself as having a chance with the more games I can get. If I can get on a little run, the position is more like your own.

"It's also great to have someone who has confidence in you, Alex Ferguson at United and Roy Hodgson with England, and it gives you confidence. It gives me a bit of faith to go out there and just play the game."

"I take each chance that I can get and the bigger the game, the better for me. I'll be ready if I'm selected on Tuesday. We see their results so we know it's going to be a close one and Tuesday is a massive game.

"Away games like this can be very intimidating and, if you get the crowd onside, it's like they got an extra man. So if we stay level headed and try and keep the crowd quiet, then it will be to our advantage. This is the big one of the season against a team which is arguably fighting for top spot with us."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

inners: All of us watching the latest installment of The Daley Blind Hour. This weeks episode was called Sun Kissed In Merseyside, and although it was a bit of a downer, he was splendid to look at.

tk421
Has Di Maria's Spell In England Turned Sour?

I

think Liverpool should start trying alternative therapy now, given that Sturridge's hips and knees are apparently unfathomable to modern medicine. Voodoo, acupuncture, healing oils, rolling in the snow after a hot bath, its all got to be worth a go now.

slideways
Sturridge doubt for run-in

W

ell thats the most one sided, Mourinho ass kissing, Terry loving conlcusions I have ever read. Does Daniel Storey have a tattoo of the Chelsea crest on his calf too? What a plonker.

goonergo
16 Conclusions: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

Footer 365

Bournemouth all but secure promotion to the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Bolton

Bournemouth all but secured promotion to the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Bolton on Monday night.

Jose Mourinho: Cesc Fabregas not in PFA team 'strange'

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says it is 'strange' that the PFA Team of the Year has no place for Cesc Fabregas.

Eddie Howe dishes out the plaudits after Bournemouth success

Eddie Howe was keen to share the praise around after Bournemouth effectively clinched promotion to the Premier League.

Mail Box

Mail From Fan Who Craves Relegation...

In this case it's a Sunderland fan who just wants to see a clear-out. We also have mails about Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton. It's long and it's sexy...

Is This What Arsenal Fans Feel Like?

'It's all well with the short and pretty passes, but we did absolute f*** all up front,' writes one Man United fan. We have mails on Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company