Scott Dann got his big chance on Tuesday, with England scouts sent to cast an eye over those available to Roy Hodgson during Crystal Palace’s Premier League home date with Aston Villa.
The Eagles defender is said to have been in their thoughts, but he fluffed his lines badly.
Whether he gets a second chance to impress remains to be seen, with there fierce competition for places within the Three Lions set-up – particularly at centre-half.
The likes of Everton’s Phil Jagielka and Chelsea’s Gary Cahill have dominated starting berths in recent times, with Manchester United’s Chris Smalling and Phil Jones along with Arsenal’s Calum Chambers providing able back-up.
Dann would have been hoping to fire himself into contention with a commanding showing against Villa, but he produced the exact opposite in a 1-0 defeat.
|Team||Match||Total Tackle||Won Tackle||Total Clearance||Duel Won||Interception||Mins Played|
|Ciaran Clark||Aston Villa||C. Palace vs Aston Villa||3||2||12||6||1||90|
|Brede Hangeland||C. Palace||C. Palace vs Aston Villa||1||1||7||2||2||90|
|Jores Okore||Aston Villa||C. Palace vs Aston Villa||1||1||7||6||1||90|
|Scott Dann||C. Palace||C. Palace vs Aston Villa||0||0||6||5||3||90|
Failing to make a single tackle in 90 minutes of top-flight competition does not bode well for Dann, with defenders there to repel opposition attacks.
He also made fewer clearances than any of the other centre-halves on show at Selhurst Park and failed to match the Villa pairing of Jores Okore and Ciaran Clark in terms of duels won.
The Palace man did make more interceptions, with his positional play not letting him down, but the damage is likely to have been done in other areas.
England are not due in action again until facing Lithuania at Wembley in March, so there will be other opportunities for Dann, but Hodgson and his staff may have decided to shift their attention elsewhere by then.