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.

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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.”

13 comments

  • Don`t forsake us, Timbo! The IT system, along with the random rejection regime, are frustrating. I keep thinking what you`ve said but never quite stopped fighting the good fight. I sometimes get a string of rejection e-mails from die Grosskontrolleren for items that I have long since forgotten. Nil illegitimus carborundum (or something like that). OTBC

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 23, 2012

  • Brewer, trying to reply but getting blocked!

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    jharding

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

  • I just hope we "go for it" and beat Wolves !

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

  • Just love this comment: "“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." Absolutely agree! Sometimes we give the opposition more credit than they deserve and then suffer the consequences.

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    Dobbino

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

  • Spot-on Swiss, if I may say.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

  • Tried to reply, jharding, but blocked!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

  • I'm thinking the same as you Brewer. I've read all the comments stating we should be happy as to where we are now and how far we've come, and believe me I am, but I can't but help feeling a little bit low at the moment with the recent results we've had. I think any negative thoughts we might have will be blown away with a storming performance against Wolves that results in a win. Easy really!

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    jharding

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

  • Talking of getting dragged in, QPR won last night (v Liverpool!). Bolton have a game in hand. There are therefore 10 games to go for them. 30 points. Blackburn on fire. Not being overly pessimistic, but remember 1995; 1 point from the last 8 games=Relegation. Just go out and play like you can, City, take 3 points off the hapless Wolves and try to finish the season with a Whoopee not a Whimper. I know it has been said many times before, but the attitude to the Leicester game was not helpful. Back-room shenanigans ditto.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

  • So the Wolves game, to paraphrase Bill Shankley, is not a matter of life or death, it's much more important than that.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

  • jharding, maybe because they`ve let one or two of my outrageous comments through, they are now going to send me to Coventry by not letting people speak to me. The bullies!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

  • TIMBO, listen! I share your frustration. Not only on the footy boards but elsewhere. As a brewing industry pro for over 40 years, I would like to comment on related topics, like CAMRA and pubs generally. I`ve had 4 perfectly reasonable comments blocked today. Don`t give up. Your good sense and humour would be sorely missed. I`ve alerted "the others" so hopefully they`ll gang up on you!! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 23, 2012

  • Right guys I'm off. I give up. Sick of wasting my time. No point writing out intelligent comments with no swearing, for them just to be lost in space. Pink Un I hope you are aware of the inefficiency of your IT systems. They are costing you business ! I'll talk to you on the live matchday comments fellas. Otherwise take care + farewell- OTBC- Timbo.

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    Timbo

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

  • Indeed Swiss. I'm no boo boy + I think Lambo's done an unbelievable job etc etc but I, for one, am a little concerned after QPR's win last night. I think the Wolves game is a double "must win" for us.We're not in trouble (yet) but we need the 3 points @ the weekend. There are some tough games coming up in the next few weeks. This business of sitting back and letting the opposition hammer you, then suddenly coming out of the blocks, is a dangerous tactic (unless you've got the talent Muhammed Ali had). I await the next game with interest + slightly bitten nails ...Come on lads. Lets make it safe ! OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

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