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​Crystal Palace boss Hodgson waiting on Southgate call for Wan-Bissaka

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes that Aaron Wan-Bissaka is ready for an England call up.

The young right back has impressed so much at Palace that top teams are after him.

The likes of Manchester United and City have an interest in the defender, who only emerged in the second half of last season.

And Hodgson expects he will get a call from England boss Gareth Southgate about the player soon enough.

Hodgson said to reporters about Wan-Bissaka: "I'll tell him [Southgate] what I think of the player. I'll give him my honest opinion because it's something he deserves to hear.

"At the moment he hasn't done that [called me]. We've quite often talked about the English players that we have, and it has been on general terms.

"I'll wait for that moment when the day comes and he actually says 'right, I really want your serious opinion about Bissaka and how good he can possibly be at full senior international level', and I'll tell him what I think.

"If he ever does want to hear my honest opinion on the player, then I'll certainly be happy to give it to him.

"I won't be contacting him to give him an opinion and I'm certainly not making any claims for anybody, Bissaka or anyone else for an England place. I leave that totally and utterly up to the England coach."

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