Alan Pardew: Crystal Palace defenders Scott Dann and Joel Ward should be playing England

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has backed Scott Dann and Joel Ward to play for England.

Alan Pardew has said that Crystal Palace defenders Scott Dann and Joel Ward should both be in the England squad.

Roy Hodgson has overlooked the Eagles' players when selecting his squads this season and Pardew believes that Dann and Ward can feel hard done by.

The 53-year-old believes that Hodgson should already have called up the duo, but insists that they will keep working hard in the future in the hope of receiving international recognition.

Dann and Ward have been two of the most reliable defenders in the Premier League and it is a slight surprise that their names have not been mentioned more when potential options for Hodgson are discussed.

England are not blessed with a wealth of defenders and the Palace pair look to be two of the better players available to the Three Lions. 

For them to break into the squad they will have to maintain their current form, though, as the Eagles are starting to attract more attention.

Palace's recent results have seen more focus put upon them and if they can keep moving forward under Pardew's stewardship, the clamour for Dann and Ward to get into the England squad is sure to increase. 

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