Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew backs Jason Puncheon for England call-up

Alan Pardew

The 29-year-old has been a consistent performer in the Premier League for some time.

Crystal Palace’s season has got off to a flying start, with excellent results seeing them rise to third in the table before Saturday’s 3pm kick-offs.

They defeated West Bromwich Albion this afternoon, winning 2-0 at Selhurst Park. Goals from Yannick Bolasie and Yohan Cabaye did the trick for the club as they look to push on and make a potential European spot – something nobody would have envisaged when they lost their opposing manager today Tony Pulis.

Today Palace had several excellent performers. Cabaye was superb, bagging a goal and an assist. Wilfried Zaha absolutely terrified the West Brom defence. Then there was Jason Puncheon, once again putting in a masterful performance.

The 29-year-old has been around the block a bit, spending time with the MK Dons, Plymouth Argyle, Southampton, Millwall, Blackpool and QPR during his nomadic career.

But Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew believes he might be in line for an England call-up. He told the Crystal Palace Twitter account after the game:

“I look at the midfield players for England and think it's a very strong area. It's difficult to comment.

I certainly think [Punch] is in contention. I think Roy would've gone home with some good thoughts on him.”

It is too late for him to be considered for England’s next fixtures, the squad was recently announced. But the fact that Roy Hodgson is coming to watch Palace in action suggests that the likes of Puncheon, Zaha and Scott Dann might actually have a chance of getting into the England team in the future.

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