Pardew: Nobody else in England squad like Zaha

Date published: Monday 1st February 2016 8:28

Wilfried Zaha: Should be an England contender, says Alan Pardew

Wilfried Zaha: Should be an England contender, says Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes Wilfried Zaha would offer something unique to Roy Hodgson’s England team.

Zaha produced one of his finest performances to create and score Palace’s only goal and provide several further chances in Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round win over Stoke City.

His recent run is perhaps the finest of his second spell at Palace after a failed transfer to Manchester United.

Zaha would face competition from the likes of Raheem Sterling, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and others to force his way into the England Euro 2016 reckoning, but Pardew said: “Roy should consider him because I can’t think of anyone in the England squad who can actually beat someone from a standing start quite like Wilf.

“And I think that might be a nice attribute to have, either in the starting XI or on the bench.

“When you come to the level that they’re going to be playing at, European Championship, you do need somebody to go past someone, and I look at the wide players, they’re more give-and-go players, with speed and running and passing, whereas Wilf will take people on and beat people, that’s why he perhaps should be considered.

“He just needs to end up in central positions more at times, as the wide right player. I was really pleased he got that goal, that was an indication that he’s listening and learning.”

Pardew surprisingly excluded Emmanuel Adebayor from his matchday squad but does plan to include him when Palace host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Pardew said: “I think he gave us all a lift actually, I think the performance we got was partly down to Adebayor arriving.

“There was a different feel on the training ground, a big player coming in, working hard, trying to get fit, but the character he is, it gave everyone a lift, but we mustn’t underestimate that – new players can do that.”

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