According to the Telegraph, England manager Roy Hodgson is considering calling up Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Scott Dann for Euro 2016.
In addition, the report claims that the Football Association ran checks on Zaha and Dann before Hodgson announced his 24-man squad last week for the upcoming friendly matches.
Although the duo weren’t called up for the forthcoming friendlies against Germany and Holland, injuries and a lack of depth might lead to the two Eagles players making a summer appearance for the nation.
Recently it has been reported that Manchester City’s star duo Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling have pulled out of the England squad for the upcoming friendlies. Manchester City’s boss Manuel Pellegrini commented on their injuries, saying:
Both of them have muscle injuries – Raheem his groin and Joe in his calf. I don’t think a muscle injury will be fit in one week. Normally three or four.
If Raheem Sterling’s injury continues to linger, Zaha may have a chance to replace the winger for Euro 2016. It has been said in the past that Hodgson is a fan of the Crystal Palace winger and that he has remained in his thoughts. However, for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Holland, Hodgson remains adamant that he will not replace the injured Sterling.
Zaha made his last appearance for the national team back in November 2012 when he came on as a substitute in a 4-2 friendly defeat against Sweden.
On the other hand, Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann is also being considered for an England call-up.
The 29-year-old has never appeared for his country before, but due to a lack of depth in the national team’s central defensive options, Dann could receive his first chance.
Hodgson has shown that he’ll rely on Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, John Stones, and Phil Jagielka. However, with a couple months left in the season before Euro 2016, injuries could occur, which could open a spot for Scott Dann.