Scott: J Not Far Away

Scott Minto says that Jermain Defoe can't be far behind following Michael Ricketts into the full England squad.

Ricketts made his international debut on Wednesday night against Holland having played aginst Scott on Saturday for Bolton, and the Hammers defender says: "He is quick, strong, and a good player but I felt we contained him well on Saturday - he only really had one good chance in the whole game."

Jermain, meanwhile, had to content himself with a trip to Slovenia with the under-21s and, unusually for him, didn't score in the 1-0 win."

"Jermain is on fire at the moment," says Scott, "and, although I'm obviously a bit biased, he is definitely one for the future.

"I wouldn't like to tag him with a comparison really, because it is a big reputation to have, but he really does remind me of a young Ian Wright - and if he can carry on the way he is I'm sure he can get into the England squad, without a doubt."

Scott made his fifth league appearance of the season at the Reebok stadium, and says of the 1-0 defeat: "The lads are very frustrated. We thought as a whole we played really well, and I have never played in a game where we have had so much possession away from home - it was quite incredible, really.

"I think their fans even realised it as well, and were getting on their backs even though we were 1-0 up.

"I think if we had scored they would have had to come at us, because their fans would have made sure of that, and I think we would have created more goals as there would have been more space.

"As it was they just sat back and, fair play to them, they defended well.

"It was a good strike for the goal but still a disappointing one to concede from a set play - Jamo didn't have a chance."

Scott played on the left of a back three for the Hammers on Saturday and says: "I played there in the Ipswich game and Glenn obviously realised I could do that. I feel I can play pretty much anywhere down the left and really enjoyed it.

"I love being out there and I felt the game went well for myself personally. Although I haven't played that many times in that position in England, I have played there for Benfica and it was nice to be back.

"It was my first game since Sunderland away I think and hopefully I will get more."

As for that situation of not playing regularly, he says: "If you go to a top club you have got to expect competition or don't go there in the first place. I've always been used to competition and I've never been afraid of it.

"As long as I am given a fair crack of the whip I'll have no complaints, but I'd love to play more and feel in the games I have played I have done well enough to stay in and have been disappointed when I wasn't in the team for the following games. I have just got to make sure I give Glenn a bit of a headache."

Scott missed out on returning to play at one of his former clubs recently when illness prevented him stepping out at Stamford Bridge for the FA Cup tie there and he says: "I was very disappointed, especially with it being at my old club Chelsea. It would have been great to play there.

"It was just one of those 48 hour bugs that were going around, and, without being too disgusting, various things were coming out of my body and I definitely wasn't well enough to play football.

"I was there watching the game, though. I thought we were the better side generally, battled really hard, and were really up for the game.

"We were disappointed with the goals conceded in the replay, and, although it is fair play to Chelsea, I thought we were the better side and deserved to win.

"We have shown that on our day we can beat anybody, and we have, but we have just got to try and get that consistency away from home."

As for the away form being in stark contrast to the home form, he says: "If I knew the answer I'd probably ask Glenn if I could become manager. We have got the same players so it must be a bit of a mental attitude.

"Perhaps we sit back away whereas at home we really attack and we have obviously got some fantastic results at home.

"I don't really know what it is."

Scott feels the club must now push on for a European place, and adds: "Obviously we want to try and finish in the top half. It is an amazing league this season where we are only six points away from the relegation zone but only about six points or so off a UEFA Cup spot as well.

"If we could get three or four wins on the spin, then that would take us out of the bottom half of the table, and we could really chase for a European spot in the last six games."

Meanwhile, club captain Steve Lomas is full of praise for Scott's performances this season and says: "Scott does very well when he comes in."