Should Glenn Murray receive an England call up?
Glenn Murray added his 11th goal of the season this weekend as he scored Brighton’s first goal in the (2-1) win over Crystal Palace in the A23 Derby. Murray scored 12 goals last season in the Premier League and is one away from levelling last year’s total. With 8 Premier League games to go plus FA Cup games, depending on Brighton’s run in the competition, Murray could have his most prolific season in the Premier League. So with Murray closing in on a record goal scoring season in the top flight should the 35-year-old receive his first England call up?
Glenn Murray’s career
Murray’s path to England’s top division hasn’t been easy, with the 35-year-old playing for 8 clubs before reaching the top division with Crystal Place in 2013. However, Murray only played 33 games in three seasons for the Eagles in the Premier League and was sent out on loan to Championship side Reading where the 6″0 ft striker scored 8 goals in 18 games. Murray’s impressive form at Reading tempted Bournemouth to make a move for the striker, however Murray only lasted one season at the Vitality stadium before being sold to Championship side, Brighton. After his move to Brighton, many fans and pundits believe that Murray would never play in the top flight again with the forward ageing and seeming to be on the decline. However, Murray proved everyone wrong and fired 23 goals in his first season at the Amex Stadium. Murray continued his goal scoring form into the Premier League and scored 12 goals to help keep the Seagulls flying in the Premier League. As well as a lengthy career, Murray holds quite a few accolades and records, for example, the 35 year holds the record for most goals scored in one Championship season with Murray racking up 30 goals back in 2012/13 season. Murray has also scored in England’s top six divisions, a stat only something that a handful of players have ever achieved.
Does Murray fit into the current England side?
It would appear that looking from the outside that Murray isn’t in contention for England call up for the Euro qualifiers with the 35-year-old seemingly not fitting into Southgate’s model. Southgate has introduced a high energy style of play to England that looks to exploit set pieces to gain an advantage over competitors. With such a high energy system in place, Southgate has been opting for youthful players rather than experienced veterans like Murray. For example England had the second lowest average age at the World cup (26) only behind Nigeria who had (25.9) However, it could be argued that Murray deserves a chance to earn his first Three Lions cap with the Maryport born forward being the third-highest Englishman in the top flight behind only Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. Furthermore, with England’s strength at set-pieces, Murray would be perfect with the 35-year-old being a natural predator in the box not only with his feet but also with his head.
Overall, it is highly unlikely that Murray will be called up to the England side later this month however it would feel like a huge achievement for the 35-year-old who started at lowly Workington Reds. So to even be considered for an England place is a massive achievement for Murray.