Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has laughed off speculation linking him with a shock international return as part of the England squad that travels to Poland and the Ukraine for this summer’s European Championships.

Some pundits have suggested that, after Muphy and new England boss Roy Hodgson had worked so closely together during the latter’s time at Craven Cottage, that the Fulham captain might replace one of the previous star names, although Murphy himself wasn’t having any of it.

I have not thought about that for a long time. My only thought when I heard he got the job was pleasure for him. I know what a gentleman he is and what a knowledgeable man he is and the players will certainly go into the Euros knowing what he wants from them. They will be well organised.

Ray (Lewington) is a terrific coach as well and together they – them two and Mike Kelly – turned Fulham into nearly a Europa League-winning team. He will do his country proud. I think he is a terrific coach, an absolute gentleman and I am really pleased for him.