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Steve Morison backs Norwich City strike partner Grant Holt for England

10:43 01 March 2012

Steve Morison believes Grant Holt has earned the chance to show what he can do at international level.

Steve Morison believes Grant Holt has earned the chance to show what he can do at international level.

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Striker Steve Morison has backed Norwich City team-mate Grant Holt’s claims to an England call-up – rating him the best player of his kind in the Premier League.

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Holt was overlooked by England caretaker boss Stuart Pearce for last night’s game against Holland, even when Wayne Rooney and Darren Bent withdrew from the squad.

But Morison, with the Wales squad for last night’s game against Costa Rica, said 30-year-old Holt had earned the chance to show what he can do at international level.

The City skipper scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season, and his 12th in all competitions, in Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat by Manchester United.

“He’s had a fantastic season and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing with him,” he said.

“He’s scored some fantastic goals, as he did again on Sunday, and is knocking on the door with his performances, that’s all you can do.

“Grant’s scored against Liverpool, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea. Everyone deserves a chance.”

In an interview with Talksport, Morison said there was room for a player of Holt’s capabilities.

He said: “I remember a couple of seasons back Kevin Davies getting a call-up late on to the squad and there’s no reason why Grant can’t do that.

“In that kind of mould he’s the best player in the Premier League at the moment in that position. If they’re looking for someone to be a bit of a handful and be a different option to what they’ve got, then why not?”

Holt comfortably topped a national newspaper poll into which strikers should be called up in the absence of Rooney and Bent. England now have just two friendlies – against Norway in Oslo on May 26 and Belgium at Wembley on June 2 – before the Euro 2012 finals get under way.

Morison, 28, with nine goals of his own this season since his summer move from Millwall, has started only two of the Canaries’ last six games but is determined to help them past the top-flight survival mark in the coming weeks.

“We’ve had a great season so far and we’re in a very healthy position in the league, but every team wants to get to that 40 points mark and we’re still focused on doing that,” he said.

“I think sometimes hard work can take you along way and I think that’s what we pride ourselves on – hard work, spirit and showing our bits of quality when it’s needed. We have never not believed that we would stay in this league.”

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50 comments

  • He would stand a better chance if he either punched someone in a nightclub or slept with the wife of a team mate. Its this willingness to go the extra mile which separates international footballers from their club brethren

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    robotsthatcare

    Friday, March 2, 2012

  • Tried to post earlier (yesterday). ---- S & P boy! ....Holt is not too old, he's at his peak now. Trouble with this England team is much the same as many other walks of life. Too worried about the future, and not concerned with the present. Holt is the man for the job NOW! Worry about the future on this subject when it becomes the present!

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    Pa Snipps

    Friday, March 2, 2012

  • What's occuring Ged? The only thing that's embarassing around here is your meat and two veg, or should I say two cherry tomatoes and a Tesco's meatless cheese and leek special. I've seen a better arragement on geriatric snail. Give me a fat ol' diver any day, that'll keep me and M'fanwy happy. Sort it out!

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    Sian

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • pearce reminded me of sven,worst england team for 30years, we have no real world class players, gerrard,beckam,ferdinand and lampard are past it now,do we have players as good as they were 10 years ago? he has to play hart,richards,jones,rio,cole,lennon,wilshere,gerrard,young,rooney,holt, subs welbeck,sturridge,smalling,milner,lampard,downing,chameberlin

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    jmm

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Snipps, Holty is a late-emerging bloomer of a player. If it had not been for Forest`s cack-handed management of him, he would have blossomed earlier. Too old now? Giggs & Scholes. Ipswich trolls, go back to your burrows.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • 'Whats occuring' Brew? I know Sian isn't all she seems but please please tell me it's not you.

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    cutty

    Friday, March 2, 2012

  • Just because I`m paranoid does not mean the moderators are NOT out to get me. It`s all the others, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Worry not, Cutty, not only am I not Sian, I`m not me. I`m not Knott either! Saves a lot of trouble. I know Morgan`s Brewery sounds a bit Welsh, but Frank Morgan had been well assimilated into Naaarch life by the `50`s. Sorted, but history. Point-missing Snipps, I am an enthusiastic advocate of Mr. Holt.OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 2, 2012

  • why do ipswich supporters come on here and leave negative comments about our players,ipswich will not get into premiership in next 25years,they dont even own their ground,have no money,no decent players anyone would pay money for,and a fat scouse in charge,you will always be bottom half championship at best, league 1 is waiting for you.

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    jmm

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • The funniest thing is (and very very sad) the Ipswich fans that endlessly trawl the Norwich City FC pages of the EDP website because they have nothing better to do. Life must be very boring as an Ipswich fan..........I was going to say at the moment.......but probably all the time. OTBC !!!!

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    Canary Poshboy

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • psychotic Bullards-you are not paranoid the moderator is out to get you.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Grant couldn't make a worse job than the poor performances I saw by the forwards in last nights England V Holland match. He has scored against the top teams in the premier league this season, what more do these expert selectors want? No wonder we keep giving poor performances in International games. Touch of the Old Boys Club methinks.

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    goldie

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • When you think where Holty came from and the progress he's made over the last 3 years why not give him the opportunity? If Heskey can get 60+ games and score a magnificent 7 goals our hero would do better than that. As heroes go Holt is up there with the best of them and we ( are you listening Jed?) lucky we have him.

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    Bogaz John

    Friday, March 2, 2012

  • Just because I`m paranoid does not mean the moderators are NOT out to get me. It`s all the others, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • I have another posting " pending".. Tom the Taxi! Poor Pearce seems to be completely out of his depth. Unsure of how to re-act and too scared to do the wrong or the right thing. As he quoted Brian Close in pre match interviews " You are not good enough" he was not many miles adrift.

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Jack Defty for England by the way he plays Kings Lynn.

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    Lynnstarsmonkey2

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • I don`t think Sian or Ded Sterile will thank you for calling either of them a fat old diver. I suppose they had to try something to get a reaction, though. I think they both be after humiliating you in public soon. Now go to beddy-byes.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Marcus Stewart, real name William Marcus Paul Tubbs appeared 171 times for Bristol Rovers, 133 times for Huddersfield, 102 times for Sunderland and 75 times for The Binners where he scored a creditable 37 goals in the Championship and Premier League. He is now first team coach of Exeter City. Amusing that he did not want to play under the name of "Tubbs".

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, March 2, 2012

  • Grant Holt for England? I thought he was done with playing in the lower reaches of football.

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    atlanta canary

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • yes I have and am proud to have done so psychopathic Lacons-You only live twice.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • I have no doubt if Holt had played England would have won not 3-1 but 4-1 as he would definitely have been where Wellbeck,Marcus Stewart and whoever else was playing up front were not.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Get over it lads, he's nowhere near good enough to get an international call up. I know England are very poor and have a massive shortage of strikers but get a grip! We really do need to stop banging on about this, it's getting embarrassing. Some of us are acting like little kids who aren't getting their way. I love the fat old diver, but England? Ho, ho, ho.

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    Ged Steroo

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • when you say you love the fat diver,do you mean michael chopra,ged? chops is the fat gambler... i reckon he has been betting on ipswich wins everyweek,that would explain him being in 700k debt

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    jmm

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Tom the Taxi, it was actually 'Arry wearing a Stuart Pearce mask so that none of the Spurs fans realise that he is already doing the job.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • How can you, obsessional Watneys, pour that demon drink down peoples' throats and profit out of it.Have you no scruples?

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Watson, with your references to psychotic, psychopath and depression, have you ever considered becoming a Samaritan? Or is that too unbecoming? You haven`t lived once. Not as anybody would notice, anyway. Nice little Brewery in Trunch, too. Morgan`s took it over. It only did bottled beers. In those screw-tops. That must ring a bell in your belfry.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Grant Holt rules. He deserves a shot on international level.

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    JDeehan

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • What an utter joke of an article, Totally hilarious! Marcus Stewart was a way better player and scored 21 Prem League Goals in a season and never got a sniff, what makes you think Holt will? Funny.

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    Warkys_Tash

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Take a good look at the photo above, I wish Morison was as passionate and happy as this every time he played.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • I am objecting about the weightist attitude that has been introduced, mostly by our south-of-the-border kissing-cousins and their pet monkey. All I can say is that it is about water retention and tragically the more I eat, the more water I retain. The Horse took a card to show you he was WeightWatchers slimmer of the season, now clear off the lot of yers!

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • It must be so miserable for you 1p5wich fans with your noses pushed up against the Premier League sweet shop window. All that is left is for you to snipe and moan whilst bitterly wishing you could get in. Lets all laugh at 1p5wich :-)

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    B Inners

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • why so funny Billy?

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    Premier League Budgie

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Get help Watson before it`s too late. Are you that guy who`s in favour of animal cruelty?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • With Arry getting a bit nervous about taking the England job as the stress would kill him why cant Neil Warnock take the job .

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, March 2, 2012

  • I tried to get this in earlier with out success!.....S & P boy! ....Holt is not too old, he's at his peak now. Trouble with this England team is much the same as many other walks of life. Too worried about the future, and not concerned enough with the present. Holt is the man for the job NOW! Worry about the future when it becomes the present! .

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Holt for the Olympic team?

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    Pondlife

    Friday, March 2, 2012

  • yeah must admit he hasn't looked interested for the last 6 games,he has gone from 1st choice to 4th now, didnt know he was 28,hopefully lambert gets some youthfull strikers in summer to play off holt... rhodes?

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    jmm

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • I heard you the first time, suicidal Youngs and Crawshays

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • I think Pearce's kharma was pretty undisturbed all night and that he could have been meditiating.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • After watching that wonderful display against Man Utd on Sunday by the boys in “Birds Custard” shirts, that display by our Internationals playing in White Blancmange with a touch of raspberry was boring at best, and a disgrace at worse. The stand in manager seemed afraid of the job in hand. He quoted Brian Clough twice, who said “he was not good enough”. His fear rubbed off on the players, who seemed to want to pass the buck to others, instead of having the courage to impose themselves. Something I'm sure our Grant would have done. Just think Morison is an international player, and Grant makes him appear third rate. ...In my opinion!.

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • I am sorry to inform canaries worldwide that the flotilla of rowing boats designed to bring humanitarian aid to canaries who desperately need it has been grounded on Barton Broad due to the drought.You will just have to fend for yourselves.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • The only thing that's funny was Holt's complete domination of the Cathedral enviers last season. He's doing the same to Prem teams now and deserves a call up.

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    Chelmsford Yella

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • marcus stewart was uselss 1 freak season.and it was years ago when premiership was not such a high standard. and he had alan shearer,ian wright,robbie fowler,teddy sheringham,a young michael owen all in front of him. where as grant holt has to go to euro s because are strike force is not good enough, we only have rooney and welbeck, all our target men are in poor form like zamora,crouch,heskey,all 3 put together have less goals than holt, he has to go,everyone knows engand cant keep the ball like spain,having holt up front would let us hold the ball up and bring others into play and running off him,he also is the best around at winning free kicks

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    jmm

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Pondlife, were Holt to waste his time at the Olympic Charade, at least we might hope he`d accidentally shove Seb Coe`s teeth down his smug, self-serving neck. In training. Closed doors. No witnesses.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 2, 2012

  • Wellbeck's failure to tackle back at Robben led to the first goal. Sturridge didn't react in time for a sitter from 6 yards. The Horse would have seen England run out 3-1 winners! Mind you, I'm just as happy he had a midweek rest, so he can batter Stoke at the weekend :)) Shame for him, personally, not to be recognised as the second best English striker currently playing the game, but perhaps good for Norwich...?

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    Chris Riches

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Marcus who??

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    CanaryCitizen

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Anyone got any ideas on the complete non reaction of Pearce when our goals went in?

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    tom the taxi

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Yes, Lobbo, Morison does look joyous in a Voldermortish sort of way. This pro-Holty media puff is part of an effort to diffuse speculation about what is "wrong" with Moro. In Lambert we must trust. I`ve posted this bit of whimsy on another board but it could be apposite here: Aimed at Mancunian Canaries (eg Timbo). "The Holt`s Bitter Cup", (Awarded for being serially ignored for England Selection). Ruddy good idea? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 2, 2012

  • Ethered again. Are NCFC fans excluded from this board? What`s occurring? Sort it. Holty`s a revelation. Moro`s ok, give him a break.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Don`t forget the other Youngs. YC&Y. Best brewery in Naaarch was Morgan`s, King St. Now loads of twee apartments in "mews" called "Firkin Close" and suchlike. Mortality has its upside. Have you never double-posted? Hope not. Once is plenty.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

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