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