20-01-2012, 05:33 PM
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From BBC today...
Brendan Rodgers admits Swansea City's passing and attractive style will benefit his players who have been tipped as possible England call-ups.
English players Scott Sinclair, Nathan Dyer and Danny Graham all scored as Swansea stunned Arsenal in their 3-2 Premier League triumph on Sunday.
Sinclair plays for England under-21 side alongside Swansea's on-loan Tottenham defender Steven Caulker.
"We have a number of players who could play at that level," said Rodgers.
"They play the game here which suits international football and I'd have no hesitation about any of these players that are deemed possibilities being good enough to play at the level."
Swansea's squad has four current internationals as keeper Michel Vorm is the reserve goalkeeper for the Netherlands national team and Joe Allen, Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor are regulars for Wales.
But the Welsh club have never had a current England senior international on their books.
Swans boss Rodgers, meanwhile, believes in-form winger Dyer, nine-goal top-scorer Graham, former Chelsea winger Sinclair, centre-back Caulker and possibly midfield fulcrum Leon Britton could step up to international level with England.
England boss Fabio Capello watched their impressive performance against Arsenal from The Liberty Stadium stands on Sunday ahead of England's friendly against the Dutch at Wembley on 29 February.
But Rodgers warned his players: "Whether they get chosen or not is another factor.
"They can only control their own performance level and then it is up to selectors to pick them.
"They have shown that you don't need to play for Barcelona to have courage."
Rodgers had called on Capello to pay a visit to south Wales to cast his eye over his England hopefuls and appreciate Swansea's possession style, which places a high demand on a player's technical ability.
And the Swansea manager felt Capello "would have been surprised at the level they played at" after Dyer, Sinclair and Graham inspired Swansea to their best win in their debut Premier League season.
"The front three were a massive threat all afternoon," Rodgers said afterwards,
"Nathan scored a terrific goal and it was a wonderful finish from Danny Graham, and I'm sure it gave him something to think about.
"The advantage we have is that our players play a style that if they stepped up to international level it would be no surprise to them.
"Players at unfashionable clubs are questioned technically, but they have proved they can play at that level."
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