Pardew backs Teddy for Germany
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Pardew reckons Teddy Sheringham can earn a shock England recall.
West Ham manager Alan Pardew reckons 39-year-old striker Teddy Sheringham should be on England's plane to Germany.
The Hammers boss, who has taken his side to eighth place in the Premiership table, believes he has four forwards capable of representing England in the World Cup finals.
Marlon Harewood, Bobby Zamora and Dean Ashton are the other hit-men who Pardew feels are as good as Charlton Athletic's Darren Bent and Tottenham star Jermain Defoe.
"I think I've got four strikers here that are all English that are in that category of Darren Bent and Jermain Defoe," he told Sky Sports News.
"Teddy, Zamora, Harewood and Dean Ashton have all got a chance to have a strong finish to the season to affect that squad.
"It wouldn't surprise me to see any one of those four on that plane, in all honesty.
"I think so, you could take Teddy for a number of reasons. He's only going to be a positive force around the squad.
"If you needed him to come on, settle things down or create something, he could achieve that.
"Personally, he has done fantastic for us and is no different now to what he was eight years ago, in my opinion."
Pardew is close to finalising a new contract with the evergreen forward.
"I think we're getting very, very close," he added. "I wanted to do that quickly.
"We want to make sure he's with us next year. The spirit we've got here and the camaraderie between the older and younger players is important.
"He's been very much a part of that and the most pressing issue is his playing ability with us.
"As I say, we're getting very close with that."