Palace chief Browett: England must do more to secure dual national players

Crystal Palace co-owner Stephen Browett says England have been lax in securing their best young players of dual nationality.

Crystal Palace co-owner Stephen Browett says England have been lax in securing their best young players of dual nationality.

Wilfried Zaha, who qualifies for Ivory Coast, is in England's squad this week.

Although Zaha has turned down the Ivory Coast to represent England, Palace co-owner Parish is concerned other Championship players with dual eligibility have been lost.

He told the London Evening Standard: “We have some really talented young kids who have represented England at various different levels. I do worry about England’s recruitment policy.

“Jonny Williams is a fantastic player in the Jack Wilshere mould but he opted for Wales; Victor Moses (who left Palace in 2010) is now with Nigeria and I know there’s been a lot of pressure on Wilfried to look at the Ivory Coast.

“Only 34 per cent of players in the Premier League are English, I think there is a prejudice among the England set-up toward Premier League players and I think they need to look beyond that.

“They need to do more to ensure they have the opportunity of getting these players. I haven’t seen many English players who do what Wilf can with the ball. He is a fantastic talent.

“Jonny’s family are from Wales but he was born in Croydon. It just feels like that other country’s are making more of an effort.

“We need to look at where we are these days and think about the effort we need to make.”

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