From non-league to England is DJ’s dream

DJ Campbell celebrates his goal
DJ Campbell celebrates his goal
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IT might sound a bit odd for a lad who began the season struggling to get into a Championship side, but DJ Campbell believes he could be on the verge of an England cap.

And why not? The frontman is proving he can score goals in the Premier League.

Campbell has eight to his name so far, which is more than established international stars like Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe – both in last night’s squad in Denmark – and Peter Crouch, and only three fewer than £35m man Andy Carroll. He has led the Seasiders’ line with aplomb but has so far been overlooked by Fabio Capello.

But Campbell hopes his Premier League exploits will be given the recognition they deserve, and believes a call-up from Fabio Capello could be a possibility if he continues to shine.

“I do think of England. It’s a dream of mine,” said the 29-year-old, who has come a long way since his non-league days just six years ago. It can be a funny game and I could end up getting a cap. I could be another Les Ferdinand or Ian Wright, who both played in non-league football too.

“I’ve met Cyrille Regis a couple of times as well. He started off in non-league and did it.

“I’d love to think I’m now proving to kids who have had knockbacks and are playing non-league football that it can be done. People think it can’t happen in this day and age, but it can.”

Campbell is just one of many Seasiders currently living the dream in their debut Premier League campaign.

“I know we are the underdogs but I’d like to think we’re not such massive underdogs any more,” said Campbell, who has notched against Liverpool and Manchester United of late.

“People said we would do well to get ten points. To prove them wrong is great, although we know we still have a lot of work to do.