Shorey keeps feet on the ground

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Nicky Shorey is not getting carried away with the prospect of being involved in the crunch Euro 2008 qualifier agaisnt Russia in Moscow.

The Reading full-back is one of the men on stand-by to return to the starting XI with Ashley Cole forced out by the ankle injury sustained during the second half of the 3-0 defeat of Estonia at Wembley on Saturday.

"It is all ifs and buts. The team is not going to be picked now. We will reassess, get some training in and go from there," the 26-year-old said. "You always want to play, but it is hard in the national team when there are so many good players."

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