Evatt’s call to England boss Capello

Blackpool's Ian Evatt
Blackpool's Ian Evatt
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IAN Evatt thinks it’s about time Fabio Capello took notice of Blackpool’s stars.

The defender, who has caught the eye with some fine performances in the Premier League, sees no reason why Ian Holloway’s English players shouldn’t be in contention for international honours.

“You can only dream of an England call-up,” Evatt said. “If I play as well as I possibly can, then maybe one day there’s a chance. I don’t see why any of our lads shouldn’t be looked at by England.

“We are all playing in the best league in the world, so if we are playing well why shouldn’t there be a call-up?”

“Let’s hope we aren’t overlooked just because we are one of the smaller clubs.”

Evatt has established himself as one of the first names on Pool’s teamsheet with his wholehearted displays.

And while he has made his name with his tackling and heading, the centre-half is currently behind only David Vaughan in the club’s pass-completion stakes, with 75 per cent of his passes finding a team-mate.

Evatt added: “In many ways I think the Premier League has improved me as a player. It’s a challenge playing against international strikers every week and I think that has brought the best out of me.

“I’d like to think I’ve always been decent on the ball but the gaffer has forced the best out of me. The way we play helps defenders get on the ball and pass it.

“As one of the senior players, I think I have to take the bull by the horns sometimes and affect the game. Getting on the ball and passing is my way of doing that.

“I like to get the ball off the keeper as much as I can and I won’t hide.”