Sunderland new boy Rodwell targets England recall next month

Sunderland debutanr Jack Rodwell (right) battles Real Betis;s Damien Perquis in last night's friendly.
Sunderland debutanr Jack Rodwell (right) battles Real Betis;s Damien Perquis in last night's friendly.
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JACK RODWELL is hoping to earn an England recall for next month’s international double-header.

Rodwell completed a £10million move to Sunderland earlier this week after the Black Cats beat off competition from a host of other Premier League sides to land the Manchester City midfielder.

The 23-year-old, whose last international cap came in June 2013, had been limited to a bit-part role during his two years at the Etihad, with a tally of just seven Premier League starts costing him his place in the England squad.

That was part of Rodwell’s motivation for joining Sunderland, with the former Everton man desperate to play regular first-team football and force his way back into Roy Hodgson’s plans for the friendly against Norway on September 3 and the Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland five days later.

Rodwell told the Echo today: “It was hard watching the World Cup. You’re watching it and it’s bitter-sweet.

“Hopefully with a few games under my belt and playing well, there’s a squad coming up soon and that’s my aim.

“I just want to play as much as I can here and hopefully get back in the England team because I feel that’s where I belong – I feel I can play at that level.

“I was watching the World Cup and wanted to be there but at the same time I was supporting them. It was weird though.

“Hopefully this season, playing well, I can get back in there.”

Rodwell was thrown straight into the fray for Sunderland last night after completing the opening 45 minutes of the Black Cats’ friendly against Real Betis.

And the former Everton man is likely to feature again in tomorrow’s final pre-season encounter against Udinese.

Rodwell added: “Last night was my first 45 in a long time and I’ve not done a lot of training either over the summer with all this stuff going on and being in America with Man City (for their pre-season tour).

“It was good to get minutes under my belt and hopefully I can get a few more tomorrow.”