TalkSPORT pundit Jason Cundy has called for Jason Puncheon to take Fabian Delph’s place in the England squad, given the former’s far better start to the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
Jason Cundy hasn’t held back in criticising Roy Hodgson for selecting Fabian Delph over Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon in the most recent England squad. Roy Hodgson really is getting it from all angles of late, quite rightly. Cundy is spot on here in pointing out Hodgson’s stupidity
Despite the former Aston Villa midfielder having played just 28 minutes of football this season, England boss Roy Hodgson has continued to select him as part of England’s midfield, a fact which has got Cundy extremely worked up.
Whilst there will be plenty of casual observers who suggest that Delph is unquestionably the better player, statistics attributed to their respective performances since August overwhelmingly back up Cundy’s point, given Delph’s chronic lack of game time in a City shirt.
Coming hot on the heels of the controversial move which saw Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard called up to the senior squad in front of countless other worthy wingers, Cundy’s forthright comments, attached above, chime along with the view that Roy Hodgson is constantly picking players based upon the clubs who pay their wages.
Unsurprisingly, given our defeat to Spain on Friday evening, there is a sense amongst the English football watching public that we simply aren’t worthy of being described as an “elite” nation anymore, which has only served to increase the clamour for a new approach, where players are picked purely on their performances at club level, rather than the status of their employers.
Personally, I’m not sure Puncheon’s season to date has seen him do enough to warrant a call-up generally, but he is undoubtedly more deserving of a place in the squad than the aforementioned Delph. The two things are after all, completely separate debates.
As you can see from Cundy’s comments on the link above, as well as the facts and figures referenced in the article in question, Hodgson’s level of backing from supporters is waning with each passing week.
It’s almost certainly time for a change.