Yesterday saw the announcement of Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad, leading to fury from Crystal Palace fans everywhere.
Despite the Eagles having made a stellar start to the new league campaign, including outstanding individual performances from the likes of Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Joel Ward and Alex McCarthy, no current Palace player has been given a place in the group.
Whilst former academy graduate Nathaniel Clyne has been included, the aforementioned names have been left wondering what more they can do to catch the eye of the England boss. Forgetting the fact that we sit second in the Premier League table after four games, having just beaten the defending champions on their own pitch, our efforts towards the back-end of last season should surely have been enough to give Hodgson pause for thought on more than one occasion.
Of course, from a purely selfish perspective, it is easy to suggest that we as a club are better off without a single player being involved in the England set-up, given the possibility of injuries and a change of attitude upon their return, but in reality, it’s easy to see why so many of our supporters feel bad for the likes of Jason and Scott on a personal level, having watched them play so well for so long.
Following on from the upcoming international break, we host this season’s pacesetters Manchester City at Selhurst Park, where a victory will send us joint top of the Premier League after the opening five rounds of fixtures. If past experiences are anything to go by, it won’t do much to push any of our England hopefuls higher up the pecking order, but they can take solace in the knowledge that each and every one of us appreciate what they bring to our side.