He's been Crystal Palace's stand out player this season, hardly putting a foot wrong. It's time Joel Ward was given a chance to show what he can do for England.
Right-back is something of a problem position for the national team, not a major problem, but an issue nonetheless.
Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker both have a tendency to get caught out when charging forward, leaving a huge area in behind for teams to exploit.
These defensive frailties were highlighted in the recent 0-1 and 0-2 defeats at Wembley to Germany and Chile, respectively.
Statistically speaking, Joel Ward is phenomenal.
Squawka have concluded he has only made one defensive mistake in his 18 appearances this term for Crystal Palace. This can put down to his calm demeanour and great footballing brain, he never appears flustered and is able to deal with the best attacked the Premier League has to offer.
With a pass success rate of 75%, Ward is more than able to link up with the players around him; whether it be playing his team out of trouble, or linking up with the winger ahead of him to create attacking opportunities.
Like Johnson and Walker, Ward likes to get forward and support the Palace attack when he can, but he does not forget his defensive duties and reads the game brilliantly, providing vital interceptions.
Whoscored.com note that Joel Ward likes to dribble with the ball, he is a competent footballer and can play anywhere across the back four or in defensive midfield. He plays pre-dominantly at right back for Crystal Palace, but has also put in Man of the Match-worthy performances at left back and holding midfield, alongside club captain Mile Jedinak.
While it is massively unlikely Roy Hodgson will include Ward in his 23-man World Cup squad this summer, he should be given a chance to show what he can do against Denmark at Wembley on March 5.
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