Norwich City striker Simeon Jackson hopes Premier League safety leads to London 2012 Olympics call up
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Norwich City striker Simeon Jackson hopes helping clinch Premier League safety could be the start of a memorable summer that includes a call up to Canada’s London Olympics football squad.
The 24-year-old is sure to be involved in two key World Cup qualifiers for the Canucks in early June on the road to Brazil 2014. But Canada’s younger talent is also poised to embark on a pre-Olympic qualifying event later this week with two places at stake for the London Games.
Jackson would be eligible to play at the finals in late July as one of three over-age players in a tournament which will feature the likes of Spain, Brazil and a British squad managed by Stuart Pearce.
Canada’s U23s need to finish in the two top of an eight-team tournament featuring countries from Central and North America that starts tomorrow in the USA.
Jackson insist a potentially hectic summer schedule is something to relish after starting five of Norwich’s previous six games prior to Sunday’s Premier League defeat at Newcastle.
“I’m at a young age and I want to play as many games as I can,” he said. “I just have to keep going and enjoy it because it’s going to end one day, so why not enjoy it now?
“They’re trying to qualify this month. I think that’s going to be a younger squad so I wish them all the best and if they do make it, hopefully I’ll jump on the bandwagon.
“We’ve also got a few games coming up (with the seniors), one friendly and some qualifiers, but I don’t really want to look at that right now. I just want to focus on Norwich.”
Struggling Wolves head to Carrow Road this weekend, but Jackson is adamant the Canaries will be just as desperate for the three points.
“We’re fighting to stay in the league as well,” he said. “Maybe not as much as the other teams but we want to make sure we get across the line and don’t get dragged into anything.
“It’s for us to keep our heads on and make sure we stay focused. We’re just trying to get as many points as we can and until someone else tells us we’re safe then so be it.
“There are still a few games to go and a lot of points to play for so we definitely have to stay on our toes and make sure we get the job done.”
City bid to end a four-game winless league run this weekend that Jackson believes could in part be attributable to the club’s success this season.
“We have been a surprise package in the league and I guess we are becoming more known and that’s going to make it more difficult in games,” he said. “But it’s something we have to address and adapt to.”