Trevor's England Aim

Trevor Sinclair admits the thought of playing for England is spurring him on.

Glenn Roeder has been putting forward his international claims for some time now, and Trevor says he is ready for the challenge.

"I've been out for a long time so I'm taking every game as it comes," he says.

"But, like any player, I would love to play for England and that is in the back of my mind.

"It is always something to aim for; I'm going to be trying my best for West Ham and if that gives me my opportunity I'll happily take it.

"I'd like to think there will be some players from West Ham in the World Cup squad and it would be wonderful for myself if I could be one of those players.

"I'll be giving the best performance I can each week and hopefully I will break into the squad this season."

Trevor has been relishing his role in a 4-4-2 formation this season and explains:

"Glenn has got the players now where he has the luxury of choosing a five or a 4-4-2.

"I have said Glenn has brought some steel to the squad but that's because he has brought in players that can play in a 4-4-2.

"Sometimes away from home that makes you more solidified.

"Harry always made us organised; it's just when you play with a five you seem to get dragged about a little bit and overrun down the sides, two against one.

"Now we have the 4-4-2 and the players to play that it doesn't seem that is happening.

"Everyone knows their job and can get back to making two banks of four, and work hard together.

"Glenn has got the players to play there: I was injured for most of last season under Harry.

"Schem has only just signed, Joe has started playing on the left and the system has made us a lot more solid, especially away from home.

"It gives us the chance to get behind the ball and soak up any pressure the home team has got  - and then we have got the players up front to create some chances on the break."

He admits that the 0-0 draw at Derby on Saturday was a disappointment and adds:

"We've come off the pitch at the end feeling frustrated because we felt we created enough opportunities to get into goal scoring positions.

"The sharpness just wasn't there on the last ball but we will keep on working to turn it around.

"I think we have had enough of the ball to deserve three points, but we didn't have the killer touch on the day.

"We are getting the ball in the box plenty but we are just not getting the rub of the green."

But Trevor says that Jermain Defoe, despite his miss at Pride Park, can make a contribution to turning around the side's fortunes in front of goal.

"Jermain was on about ten minutes and he has had about four or five shots, so he is chomping at the bit.

"He is creating his own chances and was disappointed not to score.

"It was unusual Paolo coming off but it has given Jermain the chance and he did well.

"Don got involved as well and was unlucky not to score."

Trevor was again linked with Sunderland in one newspaper today, and the story erroneously reported that 'he has made it clear he would fancy a move.'

Nothing, in fact, could be further from the truth - as both he and his manager said last week, no move to Sunderland is on the cards and Trevor is very happy at the club.

But he has got used to the speculation and prefers to simply concentrate on the task of beating Reading.

"It is a tricky tie but this is a chance to shine and get into Europe.

"It is a great day out at the Millennium stadium; I watched the final on TV and it looked a fabulous occasion.

"If we don't go at it in the right way there will be problems."

And he hopes the refereeing performance does not spoil the occasion as it threatened to on Saturday.

"I think some of them were bookings," he says, "but I think some mature players can manipulate referees."

Referring, it is thought, to Fabrizio Ravanelli, he adds:

"But he is an experienced player and if he was in your team you would want him to do it."

As for the incident with Craig Burley, when he fouled Rigobert Song after being booked earlier, Trevor says:

"It was right on the stroke of half time and I think the referee didn't want to get involved in any controversy.

"It was definitely a bookable offence though."