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Downing focused on staying up

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England winger Stewart Downing has vowed to do everything he can to keep Middlesbrough in the Barclays Premier League despite being refused a move in January.

The 24-year-old might have left his hometown club during the winter transfer window after Tottenham came calling with a £15million offer. When Boro rebuffed their advances, Downing decided to swallow his disappointment and get on with his job.

Downing said: "When I spoke to the chairman, he said we would discuss it again in the summer, and I haven't got a problem with that. I will just get on with it."

He added: "There's too much to worry about with the team situation at the minute than just my single problem, so let's see how we do.

"Hopefully we do stay up because it would a great shame for this town if we didn't.

"We have had to make a lot of cutbacks this season so it would be a great achievement if we stay up, and that's my priority at the moment.

"Obviously, I have got an England place to think of as well. I could easily sulk until the summer, but what would be the point of that?

"I am here, so I may as well do my best and try to play well.

"People say 'play well to move', but I am trying to play well to help our team to stay up because I do genuinely want us to get out of this situation we are in."

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