I’M IN WITH A SHOUT FOR ENG­LAND, SAYS BER­TRAND

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY SEPT 27 - By JON WEST

The 23-year-old Chelsea wing-back has al­ready been capped twice, as well as turn­ing out for the Great Bri­tain Olympic team.

Ber­trand usu­ally has to set­tle for play­ing on the left of mid­field be­cause Ash­ley Cole is first choice at left-back for club and coun­try.

But that won’t al­ways be the case – and Ber­trand knows places are al­ready up for grabs in the post-John Terry era.

“Of course I am dream­ing about be­ing in Brazil in 2014, nearly ev­ery English player has that in their head ,” said Ber­trand.

“If I can keep im­prov­ing my tally of games with Chelsea and keep the con­sis­tency of per­for­mances up, I will be in with a shout.

“I have loved the train­ing un­der Roy Hodgson when I have been away with Eng­land.

“He is re­ally get­ting us to stay on the ball and is en­cour­ag­ing wing-backs like my­self to ex­press our­selves on the pitch.

Im­pact

“It is a good, en­cour­ag­ing learn­ing curve be­ing with Eng­land and mak­ing an im­pact in both the games was a real con­fi­dence booster for me.”

Cole’s con­tract ex­pires at the end of the sea­son and so far there has been no agree­ment on an ex­ten­sion.

But Ber­trand in­sisted he wanted his ri­val to stay, even though that might de­lay his own path to glory.

He said: “Yes, I want Ash­ley to stay.

“He has been a fan­tas­tic ser­vant for the club and he rightly de­serves what he is ask­ing for.

“It doesn’t af­fect me and my game be­cause I am get­ting plenty of chances to play.

“I have learnt a lot from him and the longer he stays the more I will continue to learn.

“I prob­a­bly could have a bit of ban­ter with him about me tak­ing his place in the team be­cause we have a re­ally good re­la­tion­ship – but we’re more than happy play­ing to­gether and to leave it as it is.”

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