This Piece On Dann’s Exclusion From The England Squad Is Superb

5 Posted by - November 10, 2015 - News

Scott Dann’s continued absence from the England squad has caused consternation amongst Palace fans everywhere, but thanks to The Guardian’s Dominic Fifield, our voices are now being heard nationally.

Take a minute to read Dominic Fifield’s piece on Scott Dann’s England chances, it’s a beautifully crafted piece of writing.

Penning a fantastic piece in support of the towering defender, well-known Palace fan Fifield explores the possible reasons behind Roy Hodgson’s continued refusal to select the 28-year-old as part of his squad, even for the upcoming pair of “prestige” friendlies next week. Whilst he too is at something of a loss to come up with a water-tight excuse in Roy’s favour, the article itself is brilliant.

The cynical amongst you will no doubt be pleased to know that Dann won’t be at risk of long-term injury over the international break, ensuring his continued presence at the heart of Alan Pardew’s back four when the Premier League resumes in two weeks time, but spare a thought for Scott, along with his family and friends, all of whom are desperate to see him pull on the Three Lions at some stage.

Many outside of SE25 will claim that we are simply looking at the scenario through red and blue tinted spectacles, but in truth, Dann has proven himself to be a cut above the rest far too often since arriving in January of 2014 for it to be an act of simple fluke on his part.

Do yourself the favour of spending a minute of two reading Dominic Fifield’s piece on Scott’s continued absence from the England squad; (attached above) it makes for an enlightening and impressively pointed read from start to finish.

It may well make you dislike Roy Hodgson a little more than you already do, but don’t let that stop you.


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  • Richard C November 10, 2015 - 8:59 am Reply

    When we beat Liverpool on Sunday, all the papers and pundits could say was how many chances Liverpool missed. What they failed to recognise (and in my opinion this sums up the difference between how so called top teams and the rest are viewed), was the outstanding performances by the Palace back four. With the exception of one missed clearance by Delaney, which fortunately wasn’t converted, the defence were excellent and of course Dann was the highlight with many crucial interceptions and the winning goal. History tells you that playing for an unfashionable club makes it difficult to get into the England team, but it should not make it this difficult. I cannot believe that Hodgson continues to favour players who are either out of favour with their clubs or plays them at a different position to that of their club. just because a player plays for a bigger club does not mean he is the better player. Come on Roy, give our boy a chance, he deserves it.

    • admin November 10, 2015 - 10:08 am Reply

      If anything, defensively, playing in a less fashionable club makes it harder to shine as a defender, Richard.

      Scott deserves recognition.

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