Defender eyes spot in England squad.
New Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker is hoping that his move to the club will mean he sees more first team football, which will ultimately earn him a spot in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad next summer, the Daily Mail reports.
The young stopper featured 28 times for Spurs last season, but sought a move because he feared he would be a fourth choice player this time around, despite earning his first international cap in November.
Speaking for the first time since his unveiling as a Cardiff player, he outlined his desire to not spend another season on the bench at such a young age with so much at steak.
“I am looking at the World Cup next summer.
“I was at a stage of my career where I wanted to play regular football – I don’t want to put my career on hold. I want to progress myself and Cardiff.”
The 21-year-old added: “It wasn’t a case of me wanting to leave. I was at a stage where I wanted regular football and Spurs have three fantastic centre halves. I didn’t want to be fourth choice. These chances don’t come often and I wanted to back myself.”
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay saluted the England defender’s decision to take the gamble on joining the newly promoted side by saying: “To be at a big club and part of a squad is very good thing. At the time you are loathe to leave because you have a comfort blanket. But to take a step and go and play is a brave decision. I commend players when they do it.”