Everton striker Anthony Gordon is ‘up for the challenge’ of toppling England’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar.
The 21-year-old, who has yet to play for Gareth Southgate’s senior squad, helped England Under-21s win a 3-1 friendly against Germany at Bramall Lane on Tuesday.
The showpiece in Qatar begins in November, and Gordon said: “If I didn’t have the ambition to play for England at the World Cup, I would be a bit stupid.
“But I understand that the squad is so good at the moment that it will be really difficult to get in.
“I’m 100 percent focused on getting into the World Cup squad. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. It’s out of my control but I’ll definitely do my best.
“To get there I need to score a lot of goals in the next few games. I’m ready for this challenge. I am hopefull.”
Gordon also refused to rule out playing in two international tournaments this season as the Under-21s had reached Euro 2023 next summer.
“If I had the chance I would never say I didn’t play for England at any level,” he said.
“It’s not my personality. If I had the opportunity to do both, I would love it – especially because of the work I’ve done here. I’ve played most of the qualifiers so I’d love to see it.”
Gordon was the subject of strong summer interest from Chelsea, who had reportedly rejected £40m and £45m bids from Everton.
Gordon, whose club are reportedly asking around £60million, remains grounded on the situation but thinks the money being spent on players is wild.
“That’s football these days – it’s absolutely amazing,” he said, speaking on the subject for the first time. “Personally, I don’t think any player is worth that much money, but I won’t badmouth myself either.
“The money in football, that’s just the way it is these days. Nowadays you also constantly pay for potential. That’s how football works.
“I haven’t focused on it that much because I can only control what I can control.
“I think the moment you do that (and think he’s a £60m player) there’s only one path you’re going to take.
“You have to stay humble. You need to focus on today and tomorrow and not look too far into the future.
“It’s part of football. If you’re doing well, there will always be this speculation.
“But because the place (Everton) is so good it’s not a place where I’m devastated because I have to stay. That has never been the case. I was never desperate to leave Everton. That was definitely not the case.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/anthony-gordon-england-premier-league-everton-germany-b2177762.html Anthony Gordon is ‘up for the challenge’ of toppling England’s World Cup squad