Despite not selecting either man for England’s upcoming friendlies against Germany and Holland, Roy Hodgson is apparently keeping a close eye of Wilfried Zaha and Scott Dann.
Whilst Crystal Palace’s dismal league form has put a dampener on the fan led backing that the aforemtioned duo received in relation to a potential England call-up, Hodgson’s selections have been placed under the microscope in recent days as a consequence of his failure to include a single West Ham player in his most recent squad.
It is with that in mind that Jason Burt’s article attached above should pique your interest, given that is almost certainly offers a close insight into the exact deliberations being made by Hodgson and his coaches, rather than relying on blind speculation to fill its word count.
Burt is a man with a carefully built reputation to uphold, a columnist with no need to indulge in baseless rumours to command a captive audience and as such, his comments on the subject should hold serious weight in anyone’s mind.
A player is ideally judged on individual performances rather than those of the team he represents. If Roy Hodgson is a man who subscribes to that belief, then there is every chance of Zaha, Dann, Noble, Cresswell or Antonio making it onto the plane to France this summer, but for now, we as supporters have no way of knowing how close the man himself is to pulling the trigger.
That being said, I’d trust the words of Jason Burt above most others in the press. Let’s hope he’s on the money with this one.