Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Turner Keeping His Feet on Ground; TURNER IS KEEPING HIS FEET FIRMLY ON THE GROUND

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Turner Keeping His Feet on Ground; TURNER IS KEEPING HIS FEET FIRMLY ON THE GROUND

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MICHAEL Turner will not let any talk of a future England call-up unsettle or distract him as the Sunderland centre-back tries to keep both feet firmly on the ground on Wearside, writes LUKE EDWARDS.

Turner (left) has enjoyed an excellent first season as a Black Cat and has arguably been Steve Bruce's most consistent player following a summer move from Hull City.

The 26-year-old was first mentioned as a potential England international during his time at the KC Stadium and, while a call-up has still not come, he has done nothing to damage his burgeoning reputation at Sunderland.

Team-mate John Mensah has already said this season his defensive colleague deserves to get a chance to show what he can do at international level, although it seems this summer's World Cup will come to soon for him.

But Turner is a little uncomfortable with all the praise and argued that he still has plenty of room for improvement before he forces his way into Fabio Capello's England plans.

He said: "It could be something that happens, you never know. I'm just trying to improve myself and look at the areas of my game that I need to work on. There are a lot of good English players in my position so I don't know what is going to happen. I'll just keep trying to play well for Sunderland and if I do get in there I'll be delighted. "I just want to establish myself as a Premier League player and help this club progress at the moment. I hope the best is yet to come from me. I'm 26 now so hopefully over the next few years I'll be at my peak. "I do find it difficult to talk about international football. I don't want to get ahead of myself. There have been a few times people have said I've got a chance and that's really nice, but I just want to get my head down and keep playing well here. …

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