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Stern John has secured a place in the Trinidad & Tobago squad for the World Cup but he will go into the final two weeks of Coventry City's season with a desire to give his club 100 per cent effort - even though it will mean risking injury.


The former Birmingham City striker, who could play against England in the World Cup in Germany in seven weeks' time, scored twice in two matches for Coventry over the Easter period and is hitting form at just the right time.

He will not compromise his integrity in the run-up to the the tournament in Germany and has not even considered the possibility of missing out because of an injury sustained for Coventry in the Coca-Cola Championship.

"For me, it's good form and it's good for the country," John said. "Hopefully, I can continue this form and take it into the World Cup. We will be having a bit of break where we will be practising, so hopefully I can continue this form and stay injury-free.

"I think if you are worried about getting injured, you may as well not play. You just have to get on with it. At the end of the day, Coventry is my livelihood so I go out there and play 100 per cent anyway, it doesn't matter.

"But some players will have that in the back of your head, but if it's at the back of your head, you may as well not go out there."

John scored against Luton Town and Leicester City as Coventry completed a successful Easter with four points from two matches.

A good end to the campaign will provide a lift for the start of next season, when Coventry will become realistic challengers for a return to the Premiership.

John's performances have mirrored those of his club and he is as happy as he has ever been. "I'm very, very happy with my performances going into the end of the season," he said. "There's only a few more games left but I have to keep going because it's a big year for me as, at the end of the season, I'm going to the World Cup," he said.

"It's a big relief for all the players in the squad actually, so they can really focus on getting the job done and going to the World Cup because some of the players were still wondering whether they would be going to Germany. I think it's a relief for a lot of the players.

"I think, coming up to the end of the season, a lot of players will be winding down, but myself and the rest of the team will have to keep going.

"It's going to be a good time for Trinidad and Tobago to put ourselves on the map, so it's very important."