Alan Pardew has backed Jason Puncheon to earn an England call-up sooner or later, after putting in another solid display against West Brom yesterday.
England manager Roy Hodgson is believed to have travelled to Selhurst Park to watch the game in question and when pressed on Puncheon’s chances of making an impact at international level, he was relatively positive in his comments.
Strangely, the journalist in question chose not to reference Scott Dann, which, given the former Blackburn man’s fantastic performances at the heart of our back four in recent months comes as something of a surprise, but in reality, both he and Puncheon have a feasible claim on a chance to impress for England between now and the start of Euro 2016.
No one should understate the impact Alan Pardew has had on Puncheon’s fortunes since the turn of the year, moving him into the centre of the field and forcing him to believe that his ability when on the ball is up there with the best players in the Premier League. For a player who has often struggled to fit in at any of the clubs he’s been on the books of, Pardew’s backing has had a profound impact on Jason’s state of mind.
Completely comfortable with life in SE25, you get the impression that the native South Londoner would be quite happy to see out his playing days in red and blue, but for now, he’ll be hoping that a prolonged spell of impressive performances can force Hodgson’s hand and see him given a chance to produce the goods in front of the nation.