Ben Godfrey has proved his versatility and ability this season at Everton having played as a centre back, right back and a left back which could put him in the frame for a place in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad, according to former Everton striker Marcus Bent.
The former Norwich City defender had to fill in as a full back for Carlo Ancelotti this season as he saw both Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne experience an extended period of time on the sidelines, but his 6.82 WhoScored rating proves he has done a sufficient job in his firsts season with the Toffees.
Having been signed from the recently relegated Canaries, there were question marks over his head about whether he was good enough to fit straight into Everton’s team considering Norwich conceded 75 goals last season.
With Harry Maguire injured and potentially out of both the Europa League final and European Championships, there could be a spot in the defence and that could go to Godfrey, that is according to Bent, who spoke exclusively to Football FanCast:
‘You look at him, and for his age, his technique, and level of maturity, when he does play is great, you can clearly see that he’s going to be a top player.
“They’re definitely going to look at him for the future because he definitely has got talent. So I think, looking at what they’ve said, him making the squad for the Euros is questionable because Gareth has so many options in every position but will he give him a chance in a friendly before the tournament? Who knows.”
The £76,923 per week defender has featured nine times for the England U21s but is still yet to be handed his first cap for the senior side but if he keeps performing in several different positions for the Toffees it appears to be a question of when not if it happens.
Everton started the season well losing just four of their opening 15 Premier League games, however, just two home league wins in 2021 totally derailed their chances of qualifying for either the Champions League or Europa League.