Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd was one of four new names in the England squad when Fabio Capello named the group to take on France in a friendly on Wednesday.

He might also have been the surprise inclusion to many but for regulars at the Cardiff City Stadium it is just rewards for what has been an excellent season so far.

The 28-year-old has scored in his last six matches for the Bluebirds and the two goals scored on Saturday took his tally to 15 for the season.

The brace in the 4-2 win over Scunthorpe United was his third double of the campaign and helped fire Cardiff to the top of the npower Championship table, in what was a truly memorable weekend for the former Arsenal youngster.

If Bothroyd does feature at Wembley on Wednesday he will be the first player from the Football League to play for England since David Nugent. The Portsmouth striker was with Preston North End when he came on as a late substitute in March 2007 he also went on to nick a goal in England's 3-0 win over Andorra in Barcelona.

He would also be the first Cardiff City player to play for England in the Club's 111 year history but he's not just there to make up the numbers: "Once you get a taste you want to do well and stay in the fold.

"It was the best day of my career to get that call and I am happy to be here," he added.

"When you meet players like Stevie Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand you feel you have to step up and show your worth.

"They are world-class players, it's terrific. If I am involved on Wednesday it will be another great day for me."

Life hasn't always been easy for Bothroyd who was released by Arsenal as a youngster and he has since gone on to play for Coventry City, Perugia, Charlton Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Since signing for Cardiff in August 2008 he has enjoyed some of his best form and is finally being rewarded: "When I was younger I made a massive mistake but I was a nipper and you try to learn from mistakes," added Bothroyd.

"It was disheartening to leave (Arsenal) and I've had a long journey. I like to think I am back on track now.

"There have been lots of downs but the last couple of years I have knuckled down. I have made a conscious effort to turn my life around."

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