Steven Caulker retains World Cup hope

Caulker retains World Cup hope
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Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker admits that he retains a faint hope of being part of the England squad at next year's World Cup.

Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker has admitted that he retains a faint hope of going to next year's World Cup with England.

The 21-year-old has made one previous appearance for the senior side, scoring in a 4-2 friendly defeat against Sweden one year ago.

Despite failing to receive a call-up since then, the centre-back believes that he could force his way into the squad if he continues to perform for his club.

"It's important for me to have a good year to have any chance of going to the World Cup," Caulker told Sky Sports News.

"It's important to keep the faith and believe if you do work hard an opportunity may arise to be in that World Cup squad in Brazil."

Caulker was part of the Team GB squad at the 2012 London Olympics.

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Cardiff City at Craven Cottage on September 28, 2013
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