Cardiff City manager says two-goal hero could be in line for a recall to the England squad
Malky Mackay believes Fraizer Campbell’s match-winning performance on Sunday could be enough to earn the striker a recall to the England squad.
The Cardiff City manager was full of praise for Campbell, who scored twice in eight frantic minutes to give his side a dramatic 3-2 victory against much fancied Manchester City.
Speaking after Cardiff’s first top-flight win in more than 50 years, Mackay said: "I thought Fraizer Campbell gave their whole back four problems today.
"He is someone I was delighted to get when we managed to get him in from Sunderland.
"He needed to get fit and he needed to get sharper and he needed to regain belief in his own ability and that is what we gave him.”
Campbell joined the Welsh club in January 2013 and made an instant impact, scoring the winning goal just two minutes into his debut after coming on as a 64th-minute substitute in the league match against Leeds United.
The 25-year-old striker has previously tasted international football; representing England at U16, U17, U18, and Under-21s level – as well as a 10-minute substitute appearance for the senior team in the February 2012 friendly against the Netherlands.
Now Campbell’s manager believes his hard work over the past nine months should put him in contention to add to his solitary cap.
"He worked hard over the summer and I now think I have a player there who has had an England cap and, over the piece, I think could force his way back into that squad if he keeps his head down and keeps working and playing like that against top, top players."
England face four crucial qualifiers in September and October as they bid to secure their place at the World Cup in Brazil.
Manager Roy Hodgson will name his squad for the games against Moldova and Ukraine on Tuesday afternoon.