Pardew makes Konchesky claim
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Pardew believes Paul Konchesky is ready to play a regular role for England.West Ham boss Alan Pardew believes Paul Konchesky is ready to play a regular role for England.
The talented left back has been a key performer in West Ham's excellent start to life in The Premiership and his club manager believes his form deserves recognition.
England's left side remains a problem position for Sven Goran Eriksson and Konchesky will be well aware that a World Cup squad place is not beyond him.
Pardew also believes that Nigel-Reo Coker, Anton Ferdinand and Matthew Etherington are all showing signs that they could also make the step-up to international football.
''I think our outstanding candidate would be Konchesky,'' Pardew told Sky Sports News.
''He's played enough Premiership games, he's come into a new club with a new confidence about himself and I think he's a real contender.
''I think on the back of that, the England Under-21 captain Nigel Reo Coker and behind him, Anton Ferdinand, are doing terrific jobs.
''Although, it may be a bit soon for them but who knows. We've got Matthew Etherington here too, who's a natural left sider.
''We've got players who can become part of the England set-up and I hope they do too because it will be an indication of how far we've come.''