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Pardew implores Crystal Palace players to push for England

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew wants his top players to start pushing their ceiling even higher.

England boss Roy Hodgson released his squad for upcoming fixtures with Lithuania and Italy and Pardew felt that at least a trio of his Eagles could one day soon be challenging those selected for the Three Lions.

The likes of Scott Dan, Joel Ward and Wilfried Zaha (two caps) are all capable of playing at international level and Pardew hopes that they can fight for their status just as Harry Kane, who was picked, has done at Tottenham.

"There's not been too many in recent years, it would be nice to get a player in that squad," said Pardew.

"But sometimes, when your team has just been promoted and you are in your second year, you haven't really got the foundations yet to be proven at that level.

"Our boys are fighting for their status. You need to gain your status, and to be fair to Harry Kane he has done that really fast at a big club, and that's difficult to do so hats off to him.

"Let's hope we can produce someone of that ilk because he is a really good example to every young player up and down the country."

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