English contingent are worth a look, reckons Wayne
WAYNE Routledge has challenged Roy Hodgson to visit the Liberty to see whether he or any of his Swansea City team-mates deserve an England call-up.
Routledge has been linked with international honours as he enjoys arguably the best season of his career.
England's assistant boss Ray Lewington has reportedly watched the wide man, while manager Roy Hodgson is believed to have asked Michael Laudrup about Routledge.
The former Newcastle man has been in excellent form of late, thriving when Laudrup opts to deploy three wingers behind line leader Michu.
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His displays have led to speculation he may be named in a full England squad for the first time, while the likes of Nathan Dyer and Leon Britton have been touted for inclusion in the past.
Routledge insists an England cap would be an added bonus — but his main priority is to continue performing for Swansea.
"It's not down to me to decide, it's up to the manager of England to come down and decide if we're capable of earning a place," said Routledge.
"It doesn't matter what I think, it's totally down to the England manager and how he feels.
"It's not the number one thing on my mind — the number one thing is playing well for Swansea.
"All the accolades that come along with it are nice and if the manager puts me in a squad, that's nice. But Swansea are my priority.
"That's all I'm concentrating on and anything else is a bonus."
After a stop-start first campaign in South Wales, Routledge has shone this season and he became a regular following Scott Sinclair's departure to Manchester City.
The Crystal Palace youth product scored his first Premier League goal against Aston Villa just over a year ago and has added five more strikes this season.
Two of those came against West Brom, Swansea's opponents this afternoon.
"I got the opportunity to play from the start of the season and I just carried it on from there," said Routledge.
"It's nice for the manager to show faith in me from the first game of the season, and he's played me quite regularly ever since.
"When the manager puts faith in you and you perform, it's very nice.
"Everyone will tell you it's nice playing all the time, because when you're playing you get into a rhythm.
"When you're in and out it becomes difficult.
"It's been going well this season and hopefully that can continue."