James Dayton worthy of England call-up, says Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels
Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels says injured winger James Dayton should be given a chance by England when he recovers.
Last Updated: 02/04/13 5:26pm
Killie play host to St Mirren on Wednesday night but 24-year-old Londoner Dayton will miss the game, and possibly the rest of the season, due to a punctured lung and broken ribs.
Shiels said: "We have lost Dayton, which is a big loss for us. He's a big player and adds a lot in the attacking third. He was on the verge of an England call-up, we were thinking.
"I know you might find that funny, but other players who have been recommended for Scotland and England are not in the same league as James.
"It's obvious that, because he is playing for Kilmarnock, James wouldn't get the same recognition, but believe me, he is good enough.
"His game understanding has improved considerably since he came up here and, over the last four or five months, he's been one of the top players. If I look at who is playing for England, I don't see why James can't."
Killie need four points from their last two games before the SPL split to secure a top-six spot while St Mirren are 10th and have no chance of reaching the upper half.
But they recently triumphed in the Scottish Communities League Cup, before drawing with Celtic, and Shiels is expecting a tough match.
"St Mirren are a very good team," he said. "They are a top-four squad, there is no doubt about that.
"They have got quality players, great combination players. It's a tough, tough game for us.
"They are in 10th position but they are not far off fourth. It will be a big ask for us to get something from this game and we are approaching it in that manner.
"But it's a great opportunity for us (to seal a top-six place) and we will do our best, that's all we can do."