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Norwich City striker Gary Hooper has expressed his hope of securing a place on a plane to Brazil, to represent England in the upcoming World Cup.

The 25-year-old told BBC Radio Norfolk: "Yes. Everyone wants to play for their country. I've just got to keep doing it on the pitch and keep scoring goals.

"Everyone's got to create chances for me. It's a team game and I've got to take my chances."

The former Celtic front-man has three goals in four starts for Chris Hughton's men, and hopes he can stay in the team to stand a chance internationally.

"It is [hard]. But the gaffer chooses the system and the team," he said. "You have to deal with it and do the job when you get on the pitch."

The Canaries striker scored an admirable 82 goals in 137 games for Celtic in the SPL, and current manager Hughton spoke highly about his No11.

"Physically he's in good shape at the moment. It was really tough for him getting injured one week before the season and then missing a four-week period," said Hughton.

"Gary, when playing games and getting the right service, will score goals. But his contribution to the team was every bit as important."

Hooper joined Norwich in the summer for a reported £5million fee, and had hoped playing in the Premier League would boost his England chances.

Following the move to Carrow Road, he said: "Down here you've got more chance. The main thing is playing, getting on the pitch first, and doing what I do.

"To play for your country is anyone's dream, but my first dream is to play in the Premiership."

Some Norwich fans, who have been critics of Hughton's insistence on playing one-up-top, will be pleading for Hooper to get a sustained opportunity.

And, if he does get a long-term chance up top for the Canaries, he'll get an opportunity to impress England boss Roy Hodgson.

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