Five uncapped stars worthy of an England call up

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On Tuesday, Roy Hodgson will name his England squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland.

The usual suspects will of course feature but here are five uncapped players that the Three Lions boss should have in his thoughts ahead of the squad announcement.


Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has been talking up the 29-year-old this week, and with good reason. Puncheon has been a consistent performer during his time in the Premier League and perhaps doesn't get the credit that he deserves. His club manager firmly believes he should be in the England squad and he should not be beyond selection.


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The midfielder has a respectable 21 goals and 19 assists from his 119 Premier League games. The Palace man has really thrived since Pardew moved him from the wing to a central attacking midfield role. He has experienced all four divisions, as well as non-league.

The likes of Rickie Lambert and Jamie Vardy have completed meteoric rises to the top in recent years, perhaps Puncheon will be the next.

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He's been around for a while but Marc Albrighton is still only 25-years-old. The winger has transformed his career after making the switch from Aston Villa to Leicester City. He was in excellent form towards the end of last season, as the club pulled off one of the Premier League's greatest escapes.

At the outset of this season he has proved that his end of season form was not merely a one off. He's simply picked up from where he left off. Albrighton has provided three assists for his team mates already this season, matching his total for last season.

He's also bagged one for himself. The winger is finally starting to deliver on his potential as his clubs resurgence continues. On current form he should be under serious consideration by Hodgson.


West Ham's left back had a torrid time against Bournemouth on Saturday, but this should not put off Hodgson calling him up. The 25-year-old may not have started the new campaign in the fashion he would've hoped, but it cannot be denied that he was excellent last season. Indeed it's a surprise that the full-back has not already received a call up.

Cresswell featured in all 38 games for The Hammers last season after arriving from Ipswich. He notched two goals and provided four assists. With Ryan Bertrand and Leighton Baines both out injured and Kieran Gibbs not getting regular game time, if there's any justice the West Ham man will be named in the squad.


Another Crystal Palace player who is somewhat underrated. England are hardly blessed with top-class centre-halves at the moment and they could do a lot worse than Scott Dann. The 28-year-old scored twice last season and also produced three assists from centre-back. He also recorded two goals in last season's FA Cup.

The experienced defender has made a good start to the new season as well. Although Palace are yet to keep a clean sheet, Dann scored a towering header in the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

Hodgson has experimented with various central defensive partnerships during his time as England manager. However there are some issues in the position ahead of next months fixtures. Phil Jones is out injured and Gary Cahill has been under-performing in a shaky Chelsea defence. Time to try someone else?


Called up to the last England squad, but yet to receive his first England cap. The QPR forward can consider himself unlucky not to be given any game time in England's June fixtures with the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia. Despite plenty of speculation Austin has, so far, remained at QPR meaning he now find himself plying his trade in the Championship. Unfortunately for him this may well mean he'll be overlooked by Hodgson, but he really shouldn't be.

It would be a terrible shame if the 26-year-old doesn't get his chance in an England shirt, because he really does deserve it. He more than earned his call up in June after scoring 18 goals in the Premier League. Leaving him on the bench for both games was nothing short of a travesty and it would be disappointing if he's ignored again.

He's made an excellent start to the new season to, with four goals already. A Premier League move would of course help his cause, in terms of getting a regular England place, but Austin deserves another call up regardless of which league he's playing in.

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