The midfielder signed for Roberto Mancini’s side in the summer on a a free transfer following an injury ravaged spell on the sidelines at rivals Manchester United, but was back to his best on Wednesday night.
It took only 18 minutes for Hargreaves to open his account, firing home from 25 yards in the first half of a 2-0 win over Birmingham.
The performance comes in the wake of Hargreaves’ comments that he hopes to make it back into international consideration.
“Yes, I’ve written down a few targets. I’ll keep those to myself but I just want to get back and play football,” he told The Independent.
“I’m a competitive person. I like to set my targets high. I’ve never not succeeded in achieving something that I’ve set myself out to achieve – so yes.
“I’ve just got to take it step by step. I’ve just got to get back in training, consistently playing. It’s a natural progression. If I do a great job here, then I will be in the England team probably again. So we’ll take it step by step first,” he concluded.
Hargreaves will hope to continue his run in the side, and the acid test will be whether he can command a place in the star-studded first team for Premier League and Champions League fixtures.
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