Crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha believes that he could add something different to the national side if he were called up for this summer's European Championships.
Bringing skill to the squad
“I think England have got pacey players, but I’d add more skill really,” he told the Croydon Advertiser. “There is good pace and passing in the squad, but I can beat a man which will open up the space for someone else, so that’s what I’d add to the team.”
Zaha made his debut for England in a 4-2 friendly defeat to Sweden in 2012, and last featured in a friendly against Scotland at Wembley in 2013.
The 23-year-old has been one of Crystal Palace’s best players this season, and has started 25 of their 26 Premier League games, and the South London club have won 14 of the games he has played in.
The winger says its hard to describe what it's like playing for England, and he wants to make sure from now to the end of the season he makes a strong case for a call-up from national manager Roy Hodgson.
“It’s like a dream and hopefully, I can taste it again. I have not given up on going to the European championships at all - every game I want to kick on and do well." Zaha said.
Backing from his boss
Someone else who shares Zaha’s opinion is Palace manager Alan Pardew.
"I look at the wide players and they’re more give and go sort of players and speed and running and passing," said Zaha's manager, who arrived at Palace in January 2015. "Whereas Wilf will take people on and beat people and I think that’s why he perhaps should be considered.”
The 54-year-old also stated he couldn’t think of any other English player who can ‘beat someone from a standing start like Wilf’.