Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

World Cup inspired Sinclair move

Scott Sinclair, right, is looking forward to a long spell in the West Brom team

Scott Sinclair has admitted to having an eye on a trip to Brazil next summer as one of the reasons behind his move to West Brom.

Winger Sinclair joined the Baggies last week on a season-long loan to escape his miserable spell at Manchester City.

Following a £6.2million move from Swansea last summer, Sinclair made just two starts and nine substitute appearances in the Premier League under former manager Roberto Mancini.

In signing for Albion, Sinclair is poised to finally get the regular game time he craves, starting with Sunday's clash at The Hawthorns against former club Swansea.

And with the World Cup looming, former under-21 international Sinclair has conceded he would love to be in Roy Hodgson's England squad providing he can again make an impact on the domestic front.

"It was another thing I thought of," said Sinclair when asked as to whether he had considered his England future in joining West Brom.

"The main thing is I was so frustrated at not playing and I just wanted to get out and play week in and week out and be happy.

"The World Cup is coming up and the manager has been putting the likes of (Andros) Townsend and (Ross) Barkley in the team.

"If they're getting a chance, then I don't see why I can't if I'm playing well."

Sinclair is also eager for a spell in the limelight for all the right reasons after hitting the headlines for all the wrong ones during his time at City with his off-field exploits.

Sinclair found himself in the news pages and gossip magazines whilst dating - and then recently splitting from - former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan.

It now appears Sinclair is eager for the quiet life at Albion as he added: "I want a house out of the way, not in the centre. I can then concentrate on my football, going home and being sort of humble."

Not that Sinclair believes his personal life interfered with his football during his time at City.

"Someone's personal life has nothing to do with the club. What people do in their personal life is up to them," added Sinclair.

"I conducted myself in a very good way when I was there. I didn't do anything wrong off the field.

"It's just I had limited chances, and maybe because I wasn't playing then my personal life received more attention.

"When you're not playing then people have things to say and write about you, which does get frustrating.

"But once I'm back playing and happy then I won't be too fussed what people write about my personal life."

After playing the 90 minutes of Albion's 3-0 Capital One Cup victory over Newport on Tuesday it is almost certain Sinclair will start against the Swans.

Head coach Steve Clarke believes after back-to-back league defeats to start the season and leave Swansea bottom of the table, they will be a dangerous proposition.

"They're a very good team that has spent over £20million in the transfer market this summer," said Clarke.

"They obviously need a bigger squad because they were good enough to win the Capital One Cup, which was great for them, and now they have the bonus of being in Europe.

"They have a certain way of playing, they're attractive, they're a difficult team to play against.

"They've had a tough start, two difficult teams (Manchester United and Tottenham), and hopefully we can make it three."

Nicolas Anelka returns after being away for a week on compassionate leave, replacing Matej Vydra who is sidelined with a hamstring problem.

With goalkeeper Ben Foster out for 12 weeks with a stress fracture of a bone in his right foot, Boaz Myhill should start despite a wrist injury.

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