Andrew Surman: Why Norwich City Midfielder Should Play at Africa Cup of Nations

James KentContributor IIINovember 5, 2012

Andrew Surman: Why Norwich City Midfielder Should Play at Africa Cup of Nations

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    There is a fair amount of talk at the moment about Andrew Surman. The Norwich City midfielder was born in South Africa and is eligible to represent the country of his birth as well as England.

    The midfielder seems more concerned with getting a regular place for his club but, with the African Cup of Nations looming, may be persuaded to represent South Africa. 

    So, sit back, relax and enjoy the slideshow on why he should consider it.

He Is Not Exactly Going to Play for England

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    Andrew Surman is yet to play a competitive international match, so he could technically play for either South Africa or England in the future. He did make four appearances for the England Under-21 team during the 2007-2008 season.

    The bottom line is that he lacks the quality to force his way into the England side, so he might as well accept South Africa's invitation to play international football.

Surman Is Only a Fringe Player at Norwich City

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    Andrew Surman is a talented player that is certainly capable of performing in the Premier League. But we are beginning to get an idea on Hughton's preferred team. It is clear that Elliott Bennett, Robert Snodgrass and Anthony Pilkington are all higher in the pecking order than Surman is.

    The point is that Norwich could, probably, cope without him if he was to go away to the African Cup of Nations. I think it's fair to say that there are certain other players that would be missed more.  

It Beats Playing Reserve Team Football

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    It is more than likely that Surman would be playing reserve team football when the Africa Cup of Nations is on if he elects not to go. So, it seems he might enjoy himself a bit more by playing in an international tournament.

    Of course, the player may be thinking that he will be playing Premier League games instead. But realistically, this is unlikely to be the case. There may also be a benefit for Norwich City, because he can come back match-fit and ready to play games again.

South Africa Are Hosting the Event

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    I can think of far worse ways for a professional player to make their international bow than what is being offered to Andrew Surman. The Norwich midfielder will have the South African home support in a major international tournament.

    The African Cup of Nations is a major event; it's just a shame that it has to take place in the middle of the Premier League football season. 

It Could Be the Start of Something Beautiful

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    The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations can be just the start of a long international career for the player. He is young enough to possibly play in future World Cups with South Africa (if they can qualify). Also, there is the possibility of playing in future African Cup of Nations.

    Surman will also be able to play in some high-profile international games in which he wouldn't normally expect to get the opportunity. The midfielder should think long and hard before turning South Africa down again.

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