Should Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward be in the England squad?

Joel Ward of Crystal Palace

The right-back has started the season brilliantly and it is about time he is taken seriously.

Roy Hodgson is set to name his latest England squad this evening, with European Championship qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland on the horizon.

It has been reported by the BBC that two selections which might raise eyebrows will be that of Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Leicester City attacker Jamie Vardy – two players who have been in truly fantastic form at the start of the new Premier League season.

However, it looks like one player, who surely deserves a call-up, will not be in the reckoning – with Crystal Palace fans probably wondering why.

The Eagles are in great form at the moment and that is something of a new emergence. But throughout their Premier League rise, one constant, who has put in consistently strong performances week-in week-out is that of Joel Ward.

The right-back has been in great form for 18 months now and in the last two seasons for Palace he has missed just three games.

This term he has again been an ever-present and is perhaps even demonstrating a more attacking side – necessary at international level. He certainly showed that yesterday, scoring the winning goal as Crystal Palace defeated Chelsea.

In that game he shackled Premier League Player of the Season from last term Eden Hazard with a wonderful defensive display.

At this moment in time there is no English right-back in better form in the Premier League and Ward, at 25-years-old, is ripe for a place in the England set-up.

If he does not receive his call-up it would be an oversight from the England boss.

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