Jake Livermore's thoughts on West Brom - not England
Jake Livermore says he has not thought about a possible international recall – with the midfielder solely focused on Albion.
The 30-year-old was playing some of the best football of his career before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
That form led to speculation he could one-day earn an England recall – with Baggies favourite Jonathan Greening telling the Express & Star Livermore will be in with a chance if he maintains his performance levels.
Albion’s skipper was on Gareth Southgate’s standby list for the 2018 World Cup – but as it stands, he isn’t thinking about an international return.
“Funnily enough, I was going through my closet and I found some old England training stuff,” Livermore said when asked if he thinks about England.
“They might go mad that I robbed some of the old training kit!
“I found some old shirts and a cap which one of the kids wore out in the sunshine and then left in the garden!
“But I have always felt club football is your bread and butter. Always. Without your club football you don’t get anywhere near international football.
“I feel you get more togetherness with club football.
“You see the players and staff day in day out, the fans week in week out.
“It’s a different feel for me club football to international football.
“We have had a great season so far but we haven’t actually achieved anything. My focus is getting the job done.”
Livermore continued: “It is an honour going to play for your country.
“To put that shirt on is an amazing feeling and to rub shoulders with the other players – to all be in one changing room is a special feeling. But my focus now is on getting back to football with West Brom when it is the right time. Hopefully, that means finishing the season. England hasn’t really entered my head now for a couple of years.”