Ray Parlour’s response when asked about Scott Dann’s England chances

Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann has surely done enough to earn an England call-up.

Dann has performed consistently well with Crystal Palace since signing for the South London club in 2014, and Ray Parlour has told talkSPORT (aired Monday, 08:50) that the defender has surely done enough to earn a call-up with the England international football team.

Parlour said: “There are a few people being mentioned [for England]. Scott Dann got the winning goal [against Liverpool], and he’s been solid. He’s a good defender, and he pops up with a few goals as well. So, he’s got to have a chance. There are quite a few options there now [at centre-back], but Dann’s doing everything to give himself a chance. He just has to keep performing as well as he is.”

The 28-year-old defender is a consistently top level performer, who may not take all the plaudits, but rarely puts a foot wrong. He captains the team on occasion, and is undoubtedly one of the most important players in Alan Pardew’s Palace team.

Despite his impressive form, the centre-back has never really been considered as a player who would be called up by Roy Hodgson for his England squad, although a number of fans believe he should be.

Unfortunately for Dann there are a strong selection of central defenders ahead of him, with the likes of Gary Cahill, John Stones, Phil Jagielka and Chris Smalling all mainstays in the side.

However, someone like Phil Jones looks completely off the pace, and Dann would surely be a better option to call up than the Manchester United man. The only weakness Dann has in relation to Jones is that he is less versatile, but he more than makes up for that considering he is a far better defender.

It is as if Dann is simply not being called up as he plays for Palace rather than a bigger team, but Arsenal great Parlour believes the Eagles’ star has done more than enough to deserve an England cap.

Parlour has admitted that if Dann continues performing as he has been, the centre-half will continue to push the players ahead of him, with the view to finally getting into the England squad before too long.

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