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Jay Rodriguez speaks of England call-up joy

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Former Burnley forward Jay Rodriguez has spoken of his pride on receiving his first call-up for the England senior squad.

Rodriguez was included in manager Roy Hodgson's 28-man squad ahead of fixtures against Chile and Germany, both of which will be played at Wembley Stadium.

He joins Southampton team-mates Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, who have also been included for two crucial friendlies before Hodgson names his World Cup squad.

It presents the south coast trio with an opportunity to stake a claim for one of the 23 places available in Hodgson's squad to head to Rio de Janeiro for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Speaking to Southampton's official website, Rodriguez said: “Words can’t describe it, I’m obviously still shocked.

“It’s a dream come true, really. I couldn’t believe it when I was told, and I haven’t stopped smiling all day."

Rodriguez recognises that an international call has been borne out of his efforts in domestic competitions for Southampton.

The 24-year-old forward is currently Southampton's top scorer this season, with four goals in all competitions.

Rodriguez took the opportunity to praise his club, who are currently sixth in the Premier League following the opening ten games of the season.

“It just shows the direction we’re going in and the ambition and vision we’ve got," Rodriguez told www.saintsfc.co.uk.

“We have so many international players now, so it’s a really good place to be and a good thing to be part of."

Rodriguez has just one previous international cap, having appeared as a substitute for England U21s against Italy on February 8 2011.


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