Gary Hooper recently completed his move from Celtic to Norwich City for £5m, and is looking to force his way into Roy Hodgson's plans for the England squad. 

Hooper was allegedly on the verge of being picked in November for England, only for a hamstring injury to rule him out. However, this hasn't affected his enthusiasm to break into the England team, as shown by his impressive record for Celtic, with 82 goals in 200 appearances. 

It is imperative that Hooper acclimatises to the fast-paced and ultimately more demanding arena of the Premier League.

The SPL has long been seen as a two-horse race, and with Rangers dumped out of the top division in Scotland, Hooper hasn't exactly had world-class defences to deal with recently.

It is a great testament to the player that he is willing to test himself against the likes of Vincent Kompany, Nemanja Vidic and others, in order to prove his worth. 

But will Hooper be given enough game time at Norwich City?

Chris Hughton, the Canaries' manager, has already signed Dutch international Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, who covets the striker role and already holds the no. 9 shirt.

Furthermore, Juventus and Italy striker Quagliarella has been heavily linked with Carrow Road. Hughton has made it clear to Hooper that in order to become and international, he must first perform at club level.

"First and foremost he's got to be playing well enough for Norwich City (to play for England)," said Hooper.

"He's got to be scoring goals... he's got to prove he can do it in this very difficult league."

The competition for places may well stoke Hooper's fire, and push him to greater heights. He has all the credentials to play for England - its up to him to consistently show that.

  

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