According to the Daily Mail, Palace striker Connor Wickham could be given the chance to play at Euro 2016, after being courted by Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill.
Despite the 22-year-old having gained 17 caps for the England U21s, he’s yet to make a single appearance for the senior side, alerting the Northern Irish to a possible coup with their qualification campaign for France 2016 going extremely well.
O’Neill is hopeful that the country’s improved chances of appearing at next summer’s European Championships will convince Connor, who is made eligible for selection through his father, to pledge his allegiance to the Irish cause, rather than holding out hope of an England career.
Despite being tipped for great things when first breaking onto the professional scene with Ipswich, Wickham struggled to maintain a sense of momentum whilst on Sunderland’s payroll, but has shown signs of improvement at Palace already, adapting well to the task of bullying Chelsea’s centre-backs in our last league game at Stamford Bridge.
With Wayne Hennessey, Joe Ledley and Jonny Williams looking almost certain to be on their way to France this summer, it would be great for Wickham to make the trip too, but with time still on his side, it’s a decision he won’t be making without serious thought, should he still harbour genuine ambitions of representing England in years to come.