Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Future Is Bright for England's Black Cats; FUTURE BRIGHT FOR ENGLISH BLACK CATS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Future Is Bright for England's Black Cats; FUTURE BRIGHT FOR ENGLISH BLACK CATS

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MICHAEL Turner believes there could be a group of Sunderland players in the England squad ahead of the European Championships in 2012 as he looks to force his way into Fabio Capello's plans, writes LUKE EDWARDS.

Turner was in Capello's provisional squad of 30 before failing to make the final cut at the weekend and has tipped centre-back partner Titus Bramble to also push his own claims for an international call-up.

With Darren Bent and Jordan Henderson already bursting onto the international stage, and skipper Lee Cattermole also being talked about as a potential England player, the Black Cats could be heavily represented in the national side over the next few months.

That would be an incredible achievement for the Wearsiders, who moved up to sixth place in the table with the magnificent 3-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

"There are a lot of people at this club wondering if they might be able to play for England sometime soon," said Turner, who was first talked about as a potential England star when he was at Hull City two years ago.

"Darren is obviously a bit of a regular now and it's great to see Jordan getting a chance against France.

"I was in the 30, so hopefully I'm not that far away, and on the evidence of the Chelsea game, Danny (Welbeck) and Nedum (Onuoha) can't be too far away either. "Then there is Titus, who's been absolutely superb for us all season. I think he was mentioned as an England possible last year, and he has been fantastic for me to play alongside.

"It's a really positive time for the club and it's great that people are starting to sit up and take notice of us. Hopefully, this week's call-up for Jordan is just the start. "I got a phone call from the club secretary last week telling me I'd been named in the provisional squad. "I'm delighted just to have been in that to be honest. I didn't get the nod for the final squad, but just to know I'm in contention is pleasing. …

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