Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Downing Feared Chance Had Gone

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Downing Feared Chance Had Gone

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STEWART DOWNING admits he feared his England chances had disappeared as he now looks to earn a run in the side.

Downing made his debut six years ago but, apart from a run of three successive appearances in Euro 2008 qualifiers, has struggled to hold down a place.

He then suffered a broken foot two years ago but has just enjoyed a fine season with Aston Villa and impressed for his country against Ghana in March in his first start for more than two years.

Downing said: "When I was injured for a long time and missed a lot of football and England games, other people came in and took their chance.

"Credit to them. For me, personally, it wasn't good. I came back, got into a squad after my injury which was a boost, and then wasn't picked again for a long time.

"I thought maybe my time had gone with England. …

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