Crystal Palace star 'dreaming' of England role

Joel Ward of Crystal Palace

Joel Ward will continue to keep his international hopes alive, despite being overlooked for the England squad.

Ward was in the frame to receive a shock call-up to Roy Hodgson’s squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia with the shortage of right-backs available.

Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker are both out of action, leaving Ward with hopes of his first international call-up. However, Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne was rewarded for his fine form this season with a place, and Calum Chambers was promoted from the Under-21’s following an injury to John Stones.

Ward was one of the Eagles outstanding performers in their miraculous survival in the Premier League last season, and, although the club have been in turmoil at the opening stages of this campaign, the 24-year-old has been a consistent ever-present to add some much needed stability at Selhurst Park.

Whilst the versatile defender can fulfil a number of roles, playing also in midfield and attack, he has once again been overlooked, but he told the Evening Standard that he will always dream about representing his country.

He said: “As long as I am playing football, I will never stop dreaming of that. If that came about, that would be amazing.”

Ward played a key part in Palace’s surprise 1-0 victory over Chelsea last season, and he believes that they will be able to claim another result off of the ‘world-class’ Blues players.

He added: “We have to respect them because they are world-class players. But it is 11 v 11 and, if we do our jobs, there is no reason why we can’t stop them and frustrate them like we did last season.”

The 24-year-old will be looking to put in another solid performance for the Eagles, with the rest of the month to impress England coaches before the next international break could see him breaking into the Three Lions set-up.

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