Following England’s qualification for Euro 2016 with a win over San Marino, boss Roy Hodgson has hinted that Scott Dann may be on the verge of earning a call-up.
Having come in for a fair amount of criticism over his squad selection for Saturday evening’s 6-0 win and tomorrow night’s tie with Switzerland at Wembley, Hodgson is supposedly ready to ring the changes in a bid to diversify England’s tactical options ahead of next summer’s tournament, no doubt wary of the ease with which we have powered our way through the qualification process against lesser nations.
With many calling for the inclusion of players like Charlie Austin, Mark Noble, Aaron Cresswell and Palace’s own Scott Dann, Roy will now feel far more comfortable to experiment with his selections, safe in the knowledge that our place in France has been mathematically secured.
There have been plenty of Palace supporters who have preached caution in banging the Scott Dann for England drum too loudly, for fear of the native Scouser having his head turned by rival players, should he spend a few days in their company, but after signing a new contract with us just a few months ago, you would like to think that his immediate future lies in SE25, regardless of any advances from elsewhere.
You will struggle to find many Englishmen who would disagree with giving the former Blackburn man a chance to impress for his country, after two years of consistency and composure at heart of our back four. That being said, he knows that he must contend with a deep-rooted favouritism that runs throughout the English game, offering defenders from the more fashionable clubs a far less hazardous route into the national set-up.
We can be sure that Dann won’t disappoint if offered the chance to impress on the national stage. Now, all we can do is wait.