Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham is the most likely uncapped Englishman to next earn a cap at full international level, a new study has revealed.
CIES Football Observatory have completed a full and detailed breakdown of every English player currently plying his trade across the professional game and have come to the conclusion that Wickham, who joined the Eagles for £7 million last summer, is the most feasible option to next earn a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s squad based on all the qualifying factors.
Whilst the 23-year-old has only managed to bag five goals in red and blue this season, his overall game is looked upon as offering more than enough in the way of potential to catch the eye of the English coaching staff, should he indeed embark on a good run of form in the coming weeks and months.
Having performed well when used by the England U21s earlier in his career, the towering front-man was earmarked as a player with an extremely bright future ahead of him when first breaking onto the professional scene with Ipswich Town, but a succession of niggling injuries have always halted any progress he’s been able to make in the eyes of those who wield the most power inside the FA.
Following his return from injury when coming off the bench in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over Norwich City last Saturday, the striker will be hopeful of getting a start against Everton at Selhurst Park tomorrow night, as he continues to battle for the fitness and form that may see him taken seriously by those who matter in years to come.
Although many will scoff at the thought of Wickham being next in line for a call-up when first hearing of the suggestion, it’s difficult to argue with the full findings of the study, which has looked at the game throughout the top European leagues in the hope of unearthing the identities of those who are best poised to next make an impact at international level.