West Ham form can aid Ravel's World Cup dream
PUBLISHED: 11:30 22 November 2013
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Ravel Morrison needs to keep improving for West Ham before he can think about making the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil.
That’s according to Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, who says an outrageous training goal the midfielder scored in midweek is just a “flash of the talent he’s blessed with.”
He said: “It’s great for Ravel to have that dream of Brazil, there’s nothing wrong with that.
“But he needs to be performing week in week out for West Ham to have any chance of going. There’s better to come from him. He should be demanding better from himself.”
This week Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere named Morrison as one of the players he fears could put his place on the plane under threat.
After an amazing backheeled volley scored in training with the England under-21s - as shown in the video - made its way around the internet, Allardyce has implored him to take his chance at senior international level if national team boss Roy Hodgson calls him up.
“You don’t get too many chances at international level so you have to take it if one comes along,” explained Allardyce.
“Ravel hasn’t had the same chance as someone like Andros Townsend, who’s really taken his.
“Everyone is finally seeing what he’s capable of but he still needs to show improvement to have any chance of going to Brazil. I encourage his dream though.”
Despite his goal, the 20-year-old was dropped to the bench for the under-21’s 9-0 qualifying win against San Marino on Tuesday.