Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pardew Is Pushing for Sven to Pick Konchesky

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pardew Is Pushing for Sven to Pick Konchesky

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WEST HAM manager Alan Pardew believes his fullback Paul Konchesky should be included in the next England squad.

Konchesky has been in fine form for West Ham since his [pounds sterling]1.5million move from Charlton last summer, and Pardew said: "I thought Paul had done enough to get in the squad and I know he was disappointed.

"Jamie Carragher, who played at left-back in the two recent England games, is a fine player but he's a central defender, while Paul is a specialist fullback and is on top of his game.

"People have queried his defensive capabilities but that's normal when the player is attack-minded and loves to get forward. The same thing was said about Ashley Cole and he's one of the best left-backs in the world.

"Paul has been outstanding for me this season and our defensive record for a newly promoted team is brilliant.

"Sven has said that the door is still open, though, and I know Paul will be doing everything he can to get into that squad before long. …

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