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Froggatt Puts England Thoughts Aside

Steve Froggatt has put thoughts of an England call-up on hold as he concentrates on helping Coventry City make it into the top half of the Premiership table.

The former Wolves and Villa man was called into Kevin Keegan’s squad for the Euro 2000 double-header against Scotland earlier in the season but didn’t make it on to the field for either game.

But Keegan still has a problem down the left side and could well go for the City man again for next month’s friendly against Argentina.

Froggatt has been playing in defence in recent weeks but put on a sparkling performance at Derby on Saturday – even though he failed to take a superb chance to win the game for the Sky Blues.

He said:

"Everyone keeps asking me about England but I am playing for my place in the Coventry team and if the rest follows then great. If not I will accept it – that’s football.

"We are in good form at the moment but we want to make sure we get into the top half of the table. We were not pleased with the point at Derby, all the lads were disappointed.

"We felt we did enough to win the game, especially in the second half when we had far more possession than Derby.

"The fact we were disappointed says a lot. Two months ago we may well have been satisfied with a draw at Derby but we now go to places like Pride Park thinking we can collect all the points.

"I did have a good chance but when the ball came to me I remember thinking I was offside and I think that affected me. I don’t think I was the only one who thought I was offside because if any of the strikers had reacted they would have had a simple follow up when the ball bounced back off a post."

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The remaining 2,500 tickets for the FA Cup fifth round tie with Charlton next Saturday go on sale this morning.

Charlton sold their allocation of tickets in a couple of days and the game at Highfield Road is set to become a sell-out in the next 48 hours.

The club ticket offices at the Highfield Road Stadium and the West Orchards Shopping Centre opened at 9am. Supporters can buy a maximum of four tickets each.

Ticket officer Jamie Roberts said:

"We are expecting to sell out later today or on Tuesday so we would advise anyone wanting to come to the game to come to the ticket offices as soon as they can.

"There has been a great deal of interest in the tie from the moment the cup draw was made and it should make for a super atmosphere."

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