Rangers ace Wes Foderingham believes he needs to be playing in the Champions League if he wants to force his way into contention for a place in the England squad.
Foderingham has impressed at Ibrox since his move north from Swindon in 2015 but has’t come close to international recognition despite his form.
The Gers goalkeeper admits that the Champions League is a “different kettle of fish” as he tries to join the likes of Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, Nick Pope and Joe Hart in Gareth Southgate’s squad.
“Rangers want to get back to the Champions League – and that’s the level I need to get to if I want to be considered by my country,” Foderingham said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“The Champions League is a whole different kettle of fish.
“You can see that by Celtic’s games in Europe – it’s a different level.
“If you can perform at that level, you’ve got half a chance.”
The Gers keeper represented his country up to Under-19 level but hasn’t been involved in international football in almost a decade.
Foderingham has made 128 appearances for the Light Blues during his time at Ibrox and signed an extension to his contract in September to keep him with the Gers until 2020.
Football Insider verdict:
Champions League football would certainly go a long way to helping Foderingham force his way into Gareth Southgate’s place although, given recent history, it’s far from certain he would be picked even if he was to in-form English goalkeeper. England bosses tend to be reluctant to pick players based in Scotland, regardless of performances, so it could mean the 27-year-old has to move back down south if he thinks he has a genuine chance to force him way into the squad.