Bradley Wright-Phillips deserves England call-up

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England manager Roy Hodgson could be missing a trick by not giving Bradley Wright-Phillips a cap as he finishes the MLS season with 28 goals under his belt.

The son of Arsenal legend Ian Wright hasn’t had the easiest of careers as he often fell behind the shadow of half brother Shaun.

Wright-Phillips struggled to make a name for himself in the English game like his father or brother have done before him.

He was a graduate of the Manchester City academy but couldn’t force his way in becoming a first-team regular.

Following brief stints at Southampton, Plymouth Argyle, Charlton Athletic and Brentford he continued to struggle to score goals.

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In the summer of 2013 Wright-Phillips found himself without a club, that was until NY Red Bulls of the MLS came calling.

The lure of America and lining up with stars such as Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill proved too good to refuse as he made his way across the Atlantic.

Whilst playing in the MLS he has looked a player reborn notching up 28 goals in 31 games during his first season, averaging just under a goal a game.

Wright-Phillips has scored more goals this season for the Red Bulls than he has for four out of his five previous clubs.

The 29-year-old has already taken three match balls home with him as he has notched up three hat tricks against Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders.

How Hodgson hasn’t gone over to watch Wright-Phillips let alone give him a call up to the senior side is baffling.

No one in his current squad can boast of such records as he Wright-Phillips. His performances have been rewarded by his club as he takes over from Henry as being the Red Bulls designated player for next season.

Given a chance to prove himself with an England shirt, he could well surprise one or two in just how prolific he can be.

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