Shorey’s not thinking of England

Shorey has impressed for the Baggies so far this season after

rediscovering the form that saw him earn two caps for the Three

Lions in 2007 during his spell at Reading. But the left-back soon

became a forgotten man in the international scene, as well as in

the Premier League, as a switch to Aston Villa saw the

29-year-old’s career stall. After loan stints at Nottingham Forest

and Fulham last year, Roberto Di Matteo looks to have made a fine

signing in the former Royals full-back and talk of an England

return has surfaced. But while Shorey admits he will never turn

down a call from Fabio Capello, the defender’s only concern right

now is to hold down a regular slot in front of the Hawthorns

faithful. He told Albion’s official website: “I am not thinking

about England at all. “After the two years I have had, which have

been very frustrating, all I am thinking about is enjoying my

football. “People out there will make decisions on those things and

I don’t worry myself about them. “I am just delighted to have been

given a chance by this club and delighted that I can get out on the

pitch and show people how much I am enjoying it.” On the idea of

quitting the chance to represent his country, Shorey added: “I

would never retire from international football. If ever they need

me I will be there. “Whether it’s to play or to pick up cones I

will be there to do it!” Shorey hailed his West Brom team-mates for

their start to the season despite wretched luck with facing the

so-called ‘Big Four’ in their first four away games. Di Matteo’s

promoted side were pummelled at Chelsea, but were unlucky to be on

the losing side against Liverpool and they did the unthinkable as

they beat Arsenal at the Emirates. The last of the unenviable

encounters is to Manchester United on Saturday week and Shorey has

called for the sixth-placed team not to deter from their pre-season

aim of staying in England’s top flight. “When you see the fixture

list you could have had fear about it as the first four away games

were against the ‘big four’,” he said. “But the lads wanted to

accept the challenge and push on. “We’ve started well but survival

remains the main aim this season. This league kicks you in the

backside when you think you’ve made it. “We’ve picked up some good

points but we need to make sure we push on now. You can go on runs

where you don’t win for four or five games. “We have to make sure

we’re prepared if that happens and, if it does, keep on trying to

put in performances.”