England senior call-up will definitely happen for Crystal Palace ace

BY ANDREW MCSTEEN

Scott Dann is confident it is only a case of when – not if – Aaron Wan-Bissaka gets a full England call-up.

Manager Gareth Southgate names his Three Lions squad this week for the Euro 2020 qualifiers with Czech Republic and Montenegro.

And Croydon-raised Wan-Bissaka could be about to make the jump to senior level after some excellent displays for Palace.

“He has obviously got the talent and has shown he can do it week in, week out at this level,” said Dann, who represented England in 2008 at U21 level and was touted for a full call-up in previous seasons – including when current Eagles boss Roy Hodgson was in charge of the national team.

“He is getting better and better. Whether he gets that chance now or in the future, I am sure he will get a chance if he keeps performing the way he does.

“If he does [get called up], we will be delighted for him.”

Dann returned to Premier League action on Saturday for just his second league start in a row since December 2017.

He had an extended spell on the sidelines following knee surgery and then struggled to break up the strong central defensive partnership of Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins.

There had been talk that the 32-year-old joining Fulham late in the January transfer window.

“No,” said Dann when asked if there was any truth in those transfer rumours. “You get to that stage where I wasn’t in the team at the time and things like that spring up. It probably wasn’t just me [being talked about], there was a lot of talk going on in January.

“I have just been concentrating on getting as fit as I can and giving myself the best chance to get in the team when called upon – at the end of the day it is a squad game, but, thankfully, I have been able to play the last couple of games.”


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