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Scott Sinclair hopes Celtic form will win him place among England elite

By Will Butcher

Scott Sinclair has not given up hope of receiving an England call-up from manager Gareth Southgate in the future as he continues to shine in the green and white of Celtic.

Sinclair, 28, joined the Bhoys in the summer from relegated Premier League outfit Aston Villa and has become a favourite among fans after scoring 18 goals in his 39 league and cup outings.

Quoted on Celtic’s official Twitter account, Sinclair is confident that he can still catch the attention of 46-year-old boss Southgate, despite missing out this time round.

“Haven’t given up,” Sinclair said, when asked about his international ambitions. “All I concentrate on is playing well and hopefully one day it will come.”

Celtic’s number 11 was overlooked with Southgate opting for Premier League talent in Jesse Lingard, Nathan Redmond, Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the flanks.

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Sinclair’s form has seen him become one of the first names on the team sheet under Brendan Rodgers, as he continues to play an integral part in Celtic’s pursuit of a 48th league title.

However, the ex-Man City attacker will have his work cut out in gaining an England place, with only two players in the Hoops’ history ever to play for England during their time at Celtic Park.

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster was called up during his time in Glasgow back in 2013, while midfielder Alan Thompson made his only England appearance back in 2004.

Sinclair is yet to make an appearance for England’s senior side, but does have seven Under-21 caps and represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

In other Celtic news, Charlie Mulgrew has given his verdict on leaving the Hoops back in the summer.

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