Craig Dawson deserves his England chance next season

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So it continues. As the recent Euro 2016 qualifying match against Slovenia proved, England still have much to worry about when it comes to defensive frailties.

Despite conceding only three goals in their qualification period, it seems that when England face stiff opposition at European Championships and World Cups, teams sense there are weaknesses that can be exposed.

Surely the current crop of defenders have to shoulder some of the blame for these constant mistakes that are being made. The defenders picked by Hodgson currently play for teams in the top six of the Barclays Premier League so maybe its time Hodgson started looking at players who have been maintaining high standards for their clubs and whose form merits a place in the current England squad.


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One man that springs to mind would be Craig Dawson. A fair argument would be that he plays for a team that has in the past couple of years been languishing towards the relegation zone.

But despite the world-class players he has played against, Dawson has performed admirably for West Brom over the course of 2014/15 despite the fact he played out of position for more than half of the season.

Dawson, who has played most of his career at centre-back, was used mainly at full back last season because of a lack of defensive options at the hands of Tony Pulis but still he dealt with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Eden Hazard and more than held his own against them. He has also played 15 matches for England U21s and scored six goals.


Out of the current defenders used by Roy Hodgson only three are above the age of 28. This is considered to be the prime of a defenders career and the fact that the likes of Phil Jones and Nathaniel Clyne are still in their early 20's highlights the sheer lack of experience these players have.

Another West Brom defender who had even more of an impressive season was their free transfer signing Joleon Lescott. At the age of 32 and having won two Premier League titles whilst he played for Manchester City, Lescott boasts a huge amount of experience both in the top tier of English football and on the International stage. He made his debut for England in 2007 but hasn't found himself in the squad since 2013.

Notoriously Lescott is a centre-back but he has played in various other positions including left back for West Brom last season. So impressive in his performances, fans have already been calling for Lescott to receive a chance once again in the England squad. Injuries have occasionally been a problem for him but when fit nobody can deny the leadership qualities that he truly possesses.


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