Crystal Palace manager backs club star for England spot

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is backing club star Wilfried Zaha to earn himself a spot in the England national team ahead of Euro 2016, Mirror reports.

The 23-year-old was on good form in the recent 1-0 FA Cup Fourth round victory over Stoke City, as his solo goal was enough to ensure progression.

Pardew believes the speed and footwork of the winger can be a huge asset for Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson during the upcoming European competitions.

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“I can’t think of anyone in the England squad who can actually beat someone from a standing start quite like Wilf,” he said.

“I think that will be a nice attribute to have either in the starting XI or on the bench, because when you come to the level they’re going to be playing at European Championship, you do need someone to go past someone.

“I look at the wide players and they’re more give and go sort of players – speed and running and passing – whereas Wilf will take people on and beat people.”

Zaha has already featured for his national team on two occasions, but lost his role following an unconvincing switch to Manchester United from Palace back in January of 2013.

He struggled for game time at Old Trafford and was eventually allowed to leave two years later when he agreed a permanent move back to the Eagles.

The winger has already featured 26 times in all competitions for his side this term, so far managing to score four goals while providing another five assists.