Ian Wright claims Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon deserved England call-up more than Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes that Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli was called up to the England squad too early, and Roy Hodgson should have looked at Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon.

Ian Wright told ITV Sport, prior to England's match against Lithuania, that he believes Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon deserved a call-up to the Three Lions' squad more than Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli.

Puncheon has been one of Palace's finest players for the past few seasons, but he has constantly been overlooked by his national team.

On the other hand, Alli, who has made just four Premier League starts for Tottenham, has immediately been given a chance at international level. 

And Wright said: "When you consider he's played only four games, it does seem like 'what are you aiming for then'?

"You can't say that he's improved a lot since moving [in that space of time]. He's done pretty well, and that's unbelievable for him, but why not look at someone like Jason Puncheon?

"He's had a fantastic few seasons, and give him a chance. Why hasn't he had a little look?"

Puncheon wasn't the only Palace player who Wright felt should be in the England squad either, with the former Arsenal striker also stating that Scott Dann should have been given a chance. 

"I'd also have a look at Scott Dann," he sad. "Roy Hodgson could have had a look at him, in these kind of games."

Hodgson actually played Alli against Lithuania, with the 19-year-old coming off the substitutes' bench for the last half-hour.

His impact wasn't particularly noticeable, as the match has petered out by the time he entered the field.

Alli will still be hoping to stay part of the group for next summer though, as he becomes more experienced at playing in the Premier League.

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