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Gary Hooper hopeful of England call up

July 30, 2013
By ESPN staff

Norwich striker Gary Hooper is hopeful his move to the Premier League will improve his chances of earning his first cap for England.

Gary Hooper Celtic celeb v Inverness
PA PhotosHooper scored 31 goals for Celtic last season

Hooper, 25, joined the Canaries on a three-year deal, leaving behind Champions League football and a championship-winning side in Celtic.

But the Englishman admits his move was somewhat motivated by a desire to figure in Roy Hodgson's plans for the Three Lions' World Cup qualification campaign.

"You don't really get a look in up there [in Scotland]," Hooper said. "Down here you've got more chance. The main thing is playing, getting on the pitch first and doing what I do.

"To play for your country is anyone's dream, but my first dream is to play in the Premiership."

Injury prevented Hooper from making his England debut earlier this year, but his 31 goals for the Hoops last season impressed Hodgson.

Norwich boss Chris Hughton has urged Hooper to focus on his club duties first and foremost, suggesting the Premier League is much more difficult than the Scottish Premier League.

"He's got to play well enough for Norwich City Football Club and score goals and prove that he can do it in this very, very difficult league," Hughton said. "That's the reason why he's here and that's the wonderful challenge that he has.

"Last season we felt at times we could have been a little bit more creative and scored more goals. It was an area we've tried to address - and we will continue to try to address - and Gary's very much a big part of that."

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