Jason Cundy says Jason Puncheon should be in the England squad ahead of Fabian Delph

Crystal Palace star Puncheon has been in great form this season.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Jason Cundy has expressed his belief that Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace should be in the England squad for the current international friendlies, considering how far better he has been than Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph.

He said: “Puncheon really [should be in] Puncheon or Delph? I mean they both play a similar role, and I think Puncheon’s had a fantastic season.”

Delph has been a consistent selection in the England team under Roy Hodgson for the past year, as his form with Aston Villa deservedly saw him playing for the Three Lions.

However, since transferring to Manchester City over the summer, Delph has not only found himself playing badly - he just has not been playing.

In relation to Puncheon, Delph looks like a player not worthy to even be in the Premier League, and the Crystal Palace man’s omission from the England team is a big surprise.

They both play a central midfield role, and have the ability to also play on either wing, but Puncheon has shown himself to be a far better attacking presence than Delph has shown, who is playing in a much better team than Palace.

  Mins PlayedAssistsKey PassessTouchesPassing AccuracyTotal Pass
Jason Puncheon 1040 2 19 721 79% 501
Fabian Delph 28 0 0 24 100% 19

Delph has played just 28 minutes of Premier League action, compared with Puncheon’s 1040 minutes, and the Man City man has yet to register an assist or play a single key pass.

The only area he is better than Puncheon is with his passing accuracy, but his 100% completion rate is not exactly hard considering Delph has played just 19 passes.

Puncheon has surely done more than enough to earn a call up to the England team, and it is hard to disagree with Cundy’s view that the Palace man should be in the Three Lions squad right now.

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