Greek Based Goalkeeper Hopeful Of Future England Call Up

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Panathinaikos goalkeeper Luke Steele is hopeful of playing for England…

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Luke Steele believes his summer move from Barnsley to Greek club Panathinaikos can help boost his chances of playing in the Premier League, and for England.

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Reports in the Daily Mail explain that 30-year-old moved to Greece after a six and a half year spell with Barnsley, in which he made in excess of 200 league appearances. The former England Under 21 international believes the move was the “biggest change of his life”.

He said: “There’s all the culture surrounding the place — and I live by the sea, so it’s drastically different from the streets of Yorkshire. People ask how I’ve adapted but it’s not like I’ve gone to Mars.

“I didn’t have any regrets staying that long but I needed to be put out of my comfort zone. This is a new life and a new beginning. The adventure really appealed to me, being thrown in the deep end.

“It’s a short career and I’m just about at the halfway point. I really want to achieve things in football, not just plod along and see it out. If I really wanted to kick on and reach the places I’ve dreamed of, like playing in the top leagues or in Europe, I needed to change completely.”

As the source adds, Steele believes his Greek adventure could open the door to a move to the Premier League, and has not abandoned hope of a senior England call-up after representing his country at every age-group.

“I’ll be 31 by the time I finish here and, being realistic, I can play for 10 more years,’ he says. ‘I never think my chance has gone.”

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