Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Can we expect to see Roy Hodgson at Dean Court soon?

Eddie Howe made a pretty strong recommendation that Mr Roy Hodgson could do worse than take some time to visit King's Park in the next sixth months a few months to check out the potential of Andrew Surman as an addition to his full England squad. It has been a fairly regular occurrence to see Roy Keane among the watchers at the Vitality stadium to see Harry Arter and Eunan O'Kane going about their work, but it kind of makes me read a sentence twice or more when AFCB's players are being linked with the England national side.

Andrew Surman - is he getting closer to a England call up?
We see other club managers herald their players all the time and while Eddie believes in all the players at the club it is rare for him to speak so directly about what Roy Hodgson should be doing. I can't argue, as Andrew Surman has been a consistent cog in the fortunes of the Cherries' progress. The England set up has a fast and pacey attacking line up, but it is possible that the role of defensive midfielder is still up for grabs with the likes of Wilshire still injured and perhaps questions over Michael Carrick and Jordan Henderson looking to regain match fitness. With Surman near the top of the Opta stats for passes this season in the Premier League he deserves to be mentioned with such players.

It is possible that if Roy Hodgson did take a closer look at what is happening on the south coast he could find reason to keep track of the progress of one or two others as well. Junior Stanislas has made a few appearances for the England U20s and U21s but is certainly playing some of the best football we have seen him produce since his time at the club. I've heard others mentioned by fans as worthy of call ups like Charlie Daniels and Adam Smith, although some will look at the number of clean sheets that the Cherries have had, and I expect Hodgson would like to see that improve before he would consider the two flying full backs.

Still, if the Cherries can mount a strong challenge up the table in the second half of the season it would not be so surprising to see Mr Hodgson, Ray Lewington or Gary Neville - I'm sure we could squeeze them in somewhere. 

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