Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle has claimed that, were Scott Dann to be playing for a stereotypically “bigger” club than ourselves, he would be a shoe-in for Roy Hodgson’s England squad.
Dwight Gayle has claimed in this video, that Roy Hodgson picks players for the England squad based upon who the club they represent rather than their ability on the pitch. It’s great to see one of our players speaking his mind without a care for the consequences. Good on him.
Having seen what Dann is capable of first hand, Dwight has absolutely no doubt over the central defender’s ability, admitting that he’s been baffled by the former Blackburn man’s exclusion from the national set-up to date.
Emphasising the class and composure Scott shows in possession, the Eagles striker rightly questions whether or not Hodgson has been reluctant to select his teammate as a consequence of the shirt he wears, rather than his ability as a player, given the fine displays Dann has been putting in for some time at Selhurst Park.
It’s not often that you hear those within the game openly questioning the obvious bias that those at the top have towards the elite clubs, with many preferring to tiptoe around the issue; a fact which has only served to further my admiration for Gayle in saying what so many football fans have been thinking for years.
For Steve Parish, the sense of Palace being something over than a top club is a tag which he has been desperate to shake off throughout his time in charge at Selhurst Park, but it remains almost impossible for many to feel as though we’re on an even keel with the rest of the league when players like Scott Dann are constantly left out of the England squad in favour of defenders from more fashionable outfits.
Perhaps it’s simply a tendency Roy Hodgson has, rather than a directive from those above him at the FA, but for many of the country’s top performing players, the sense of favouritism being shown represents a brick wall towards recognition on the biggest of stages. Thankfully, there are one or two players, including Dwight here, who aren’t afraid to speak their mind.