Lee Hendrie: Celtic 28-year-old deserves international call-up
By Will Butcher
Lee Hendrie has claimed Celtic ace Scott Sinclair still has the quality necessary to earn an England call-up.
Sinclair, 28, was overlooked by manager Gareth Southgate during the international break, as the Three Lions played Germany and Lithuania.
However, speaking to the Daily Record, one-time England international Hendrie claimed that Southgate’s willingness to give people a chance could see Sinclair gain a call-up.
“What we have seen from Southgate is he’s willing to give people a chance,” Hendrie said.
“If Scott is scoring goals, creating and performing every week then I don’t see why not. Gareth has worked with the Under-21s and England youth set-up so he’ll know all about Scott.
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“Fraser Forster got the shout while he was playing for Celtic so why shouldn’t Scott get picked? The key thing is he’s quick and scores goals.”
England next face Scotland and France in June, which could see Sinclair face his Celtic teammates if Southgate does opt to include the ex-Swansea ace in his side.
Since moving north to Glasgow from Hendrie’s former side, Aston Villa, Sinclair has been in red-hot form and rediscovered his goalscoring touch with Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The former Manchester City ace has scored 18 goals and provided another 10 during his 39 appearances this season, and could be set to win his second Celtic medal on Sunday.
Sinclair has already won the Scottish League Cup, and three points against Hearts at Tynecastle would be enough to earn Celtic’s sixth Scottish Premiership title in a row.
Celtic’s number 11 is also looking to gain a place with Southgate’s Three Lions, claiming he hasn’t given up hope of playing alongside the likes of Adam Lallana, Dele Alli and Joe Hart.
In other Celtic news, the Bhoys have received a major injury boost ahead of Sunday’s clash against Hearts.