Liverpool flop is targeting a big season for West Ham…
West ham’s new £6m winger is hoping his move from Liverpool will reinvigorate his England chances ahead of next summer’s World Cup, he told West Ham TV.
After a mega £20m move to Liverpool two summers ago, Downing failed to ever justify his astronomical transfer fee, going his entire first season without a goal or an assist. In the latter half of last term however, Downing won his place back from teenager Raheem Sterling, and put in some strong performances, reminiscent of of his Middlesbrough or Aston Villa days.
Despite this, Liverpool decided to cut their loses on the 29-year-old, who has now joined Andy Carroll in signing for the Hammers from Anfield this summer.
The winger is looking forward to guaranteed first-team football, and ultimately hopes his form this season will merit an England selection.
“I’m very excited. It’s a great opportunity for me being here, it’s a great Club, a good manager to play for and I’m really excited to get going,” said the 34 cap international.
“It’s probably perfect timing for the move. I’ve got a season to show Roy Hodgson I can get in that squad. All I’ve got to do is go out and perform and then it’s up to him to pick me,” added Downing.
Hodgson hasn’t selected the winger in 2013, but with England short of attacking options, a quick start to the season could see Downing creep back in the manager’s plans.