QPR star backs team-mate for England call-up

Bothroyd believes it is ‘only a matter of time’ before Ferdinand represents his country

Jay Bothroyd has backed his QPR team-mate Anton Ferdinand for an England call-up in the near future.

Ferdinand has impressed in the Rangers defence this season since signing from Sunderland, and has won praise for his level-headed performances during the ongoing controversy surrounding Chelsea’s John Terry.

The 26-year-old centre-back has represented England at Under-18, 20 and 21 level but is yet to win a senior cap, and striker Bothroyd says his displays so far this campaign suggest he could soon force his way into Fabio Capello’s plans.

“Anton’s had a hard time, but he’s been colossal at the back for us. I think it’s only a matter of time until he gets called up to the England squad,” said Bothroyd.

“We haven’t needed to rally around him. He comes in, worked hard and when you come onto the training pitch that kind of thing goes out the window, you just concentrate on the football.

“When you go home it might be on your mind, but Anton’s a professional, he’s worked hard, and I think that’s shown in his performances.”

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Meanwhile, Bothroyd believes Adel Taarabt still has a part to play for QPR this season after he was dropped for the Manchester City game – but will need to earn his place in the side.

“What does Adel Taarabt have to do, just work hard, and believe,” said Bothroyd. He had a knock on his knee and then a bad stomach, but he just needs to work hard.

“[Against Manchester City] there were 11 out there who played with their heart and gave 100 per cent.

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