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England call-up the best day of my career - Bothroyd

ESPNsoccernet staff
November 15, 2010
Jay Bothroyd has scored 15 goals this season

Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd is hoping to take the final step of "a long journey" and take his place in the England team following a surprise call up for Wednesday's friendly against France.

Bothroyd, 28, was ushered out of Arsenal ten years ago after an angry reaction in the academy play-off final when he threw his shirt at coach Don Howe after being substituted.

The striker was moved on to Coventry and played for Perugia, Blackburn, Wolves, Charlton and Stoke before finally settling at Championship side Cardiff and finding his top form. Bothroyd, who joined the Bluebirds in August 2008, has scored 15 goals this season after making adjustments to his approach on and off the pitch.

"When I was younger I made a massive mistake but I was a nipper and you try to learn from mistakes," Bothroyd said. "It was disheartening to leave [Arsenal] and I've had a long journey. I like to think I am back on track now. I've just been called up for England.

"There have been lots of downs but the last couple of years I have knuckled down. I have made a conscious effort to turn my life around."

Bothroyd admitted he was surprised by Fabio Capello's selection but he was intent on enjoying the experience rather than being overawed.

"I was over the moon," he added. "It was the best day of my career to get that call and I am happy to be here. I'm just delighted to be here training with some of the best players in the world. They are world-class players, it's terrific.

"The championship is a bit more hustle and bustle but coming out and playing there today was enjoyable. You feel like you have got to step up and show your worth. If I am involved on Wednesday it will be another great day for me."

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