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CRYSTAL PALACE FAN VIEW: It'll be a crime if Joel Ward and Jason Puncheon aren't in the England World Cup squad

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OUR columnist ALEX WHITE thinks two Crystal Palace players should be on the plane to Brazil for the World Cup this summer... NOW safety is assured, I would like to see some of the fringe players get a chance to prove their worth. I am not saying we shouldn't care about results but I feel players such as Dwight Gayle, Barry Bannan, Tom Ince and Adlene Guedioura deserve their opportunity to prove their worth and get some game time. Certain people suggested that our captain Mile Jedinak should be dropped because of his form but Mile has proved his doubters wrong. Jedi has shown in recent weeks how comfortable he is in this division. It's fitting that nearly a year ago on May 4 against Peterborough United, Mile broke into the box late in the game to secure Palace a place a in the play-offs. Just under a year later, he stepped up to score the decisive penalty to secure our place in the Premier League for another season. It is a shame that English football is so heavily dominated by politics because if it wasn't, we'd see Joel Ward and Jason Puncheon on the plane to Brazil this summer. Based on consistent top form for Ward and an immense second half of the season for Puncheon, it would be a crime if they were not in Hodgson's thoughts. I will not be surprised if players like Ashley Young and Andros Townsend go to the World Cup – the only reason he'd be selected is because of the club he plays for. After all Ward and Puncheon play against the same players as the likes of Young and Townsend week on week. It is sad seeing players' international hopes dashed because of ignorance.

CRYSTAL PALACE FAN VIEW: It'll be a crime if Joel Ward and Jason Puncheon aren't in the England World Cup squad


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