WC Qualifying: Three Swansea Players Deserving of Inclusion in Hodgson's Squad
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With reports linking Michael Owen with a return to the England squad after a gap of four years, one has to ask, "why?"
Surely, it is time to address the elephant in the room, calling up players from so-called “unfashionable clubs.”
Last year, Fabio Capello was considering calling up three Swansea City players. The news was a welcome breeze blowing through the creaking post-2010 infrastructure of the England set-up.
Sadly though, it was a falsely optimistic, as no Swansea players were selected.
Now with Roy Hodgson as coach, England is deploying a younger team. Additionally, the squad has been hit by injuries. Alas, it’s time to look again to the Liberty Stadium. Here are three players that should get a look from Hodgson.
The former Watford front man had doubters aplenty when ex-Vicarage Road boss Brendan Rodgers brought him to Swansea. Did he have the pedigree? Could he score in the top flight? Both were answered in a ringing affirmative by the confident Geordie.
He tallied 14 goals on the season, a goal roughly every three games. That goal-scoring ratio ranks among elite company: Danny Wellbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Andy Carroll.
However, a call from Hodgson has yet to materialize.
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Having been recruited by and rescued from some troubled times at Southampton by Roberto Martinez in 2008, Dyer has seen his career rise steadily.
In the Championship, his ability to link up with Scott Sinclair helped provide the goals for Graham and others to fuel the promotion campaign to the EPL.
And, having arrived in the top flight, he’s continued to garner plaudits from across the board. Dyer has even added scoring to his game. Can the same be said of either of Hodgson's recent call-ups, Adam Lallana or Raheem Sterling?
As England fans wait patiently for the return of Jack Wilshere, the diminutive Britton could easily be the man to grace the unwelcome midfield gap.
Schooled at two homes of footballing artistry, Arsenal and West Ham, the diminutive midfielder’s been with Swansea for almost a decade. From the brink of toppling out of the Football League through promotions from the fourth, third and second tiers of the British game, Britton has graced the Swans midfield with the exception of a stint at Sheffield United.
Britton’s always had an eye for a pinpoint pass and rarely loses possession. His pass completion rate last season frequently rated higher than the much vaunted stars of Barcelona.
The October Internationals are coming and the Swansea troops stand ready and alert, but will General Hodgson issue the call towards these players from an “unfashionable” club?
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