Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is confident of playing a big part for England at this summer’s European Championships.
Smalling has been in excellent form for Man United this term and he has established himself as a key member of Roy Hodgson’s England squad.
The 26-year-old has only made one appearance for England in a major tournament, in the dead-rubber against Costa Rica at the 2014 World Cup, but Smalling believes he will feature much more prominently at the Euros.
“I have bigger expectations this time,” Smalling said.
“Very much so. Hopefully I will be coming off a full season and one where I felt I contributed. I feel I have put my name right at the forefront and after playing the last two England games I hope I can keep that shirt and carry on my good form into the summer. I fully expect to be a part of it if I can keep this up because club form will get you a starting place.”
Smalling will undoubtedly be in Hodgson’s starting XI throughout the Euros following an excellent campaign.
However, he must focus on United first and foremost, starting with the clash against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend. Spurs’ striker Harry Kane is in superb form himself and Smalling will need to produce a top performance to keep him quiet at White Hart Lane.