Ian Wright has added his name to the ever-growing list of pundits calling for Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann to be given a chance in the England squad.
You can sense a real feeling of frustration in Wright’s words when discussing Scott Dann’s England chances, clearly feeling as though he’s not been given a fair crack of the whip by Roy Hodgson, an emotion felt by almost every Palace fan we know.
Speaking after the Eagles’ impressive 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield, in which Dann played a starring role, the former Palace and Arsenal striker suggested that Scott was long overdue an opportunity to impress on the international stage, given the consistency he has shown in the last 18 months for us.
With the native Scouser having proven to be a regular star man for Alan Pardew since he took over the reins at Selhurst Park at the start of 2015, Wright feels that his game would only improve, were he to be surrounded by a better class of player under Roy Hodgson’s guidance.
Whilst his comments (attached above) may seem like a slightly unorthodox way of backing a player for an England call-up, Wright has never been the most erudite of pundits, calling things as he sees them without worrying unduly about the tone in which his opinions are expressed.
Some outside the club may suggest that Wright is simply looking at things from a biased perspective given his playing career, but anyone who has watched Scott Dann’s defensive displays on a regular basis since he made the move to SE25 would agree that he’s been a class act from the moment he arrived.
It’s not often that the majority of our fan-base get behind a defender in terms of gaining recognition with England; indeed the last time we were so collectively united behind one man in that sense was when Nathaniel Clyne was still on our books, which, as the last two years have proven, probably makes us a pretty good judge of a defender’s potential.
Let’s hope Roy listens to Wrighty’s words, amongst plenty of others before the European Championships begin next summer.