Pilkington poised for international call


Norwich City winger Anthony Pilkington has impressed selectors for his national team but insists he is fully focused on his club form.

There has been talk that the 23-year-old is poised for a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of the 2012 European Championships.

Pilkington is proud to be linked with the international set up but is more worried about trying to keep Norwich in the Barclays Premier League rather than if he will play a part at the Euro's.

"I think he [Marco Tardelli - assitant manager] has been to a few games," said Pilkington. "I played for the Under 21s when I was younger but I have not had any contact with them.

"I would have to think about it if anything does come in, but I'm not worrying about that or getting ahead of myself.

"It takes your eyes off what is more important and that is playing in the Premier League and making sure Norwich City stay in the Premier League."

The young winger reiterated where his main loyalties lie and that is with his club over his country; "It's good to be linked to the international set-ups and things like that," he added.

"But ultimately give me a choice if I want to be playing at the Euros come the end of the season or playing in the Premier League next season I know which one I would rather have."

Norwich sit 10th in a tight Barclays Premier League table where just five points seperate 8th place with 17th.

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