QPR goalkeeper Rob Green hopes he can earn a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the Euro 2016 finals.
The 35-year-old, who has been linked with a summer switch to Chelsea as a possible replacement for Petr Cech, has enjoyed a fine season at Loftus Road and was included in the England squad for this month’s games against Lithuania and Italy.
Hodgson turned to the veteran former Norwich City and West Ham United shot-stopper because of long-term injuries to Fraser Forster and Ben Foster, but Green is keen to earn a place in next year’s squad for the European Championships in France on merit.
Green, who is contracted to QPR until the end of next season, said: “France next year is hopefully a target but it is still something that is out of my control and I don’t want to get ahead of myself.”
Green made his international debut against Colombia almost a decade ago but his England days appeared to be over when he was dropped after conceding a soft goal in the 1-1 draw with USA at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
He has won 12 caps to date, with his last appearance coming against Norway in May 2012, and added: “I’m just delighted to be back after a few years out. I didn’t think it was over, though time probably wasn’t on my side.
“You’ve got players like Jack Butland coming through and Joe Hart’s only 27 with many years to come. But it’s been great. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s always pleasing to be involved.”