Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers was met with uproar from a number of fanbases for various reasons – for Palace fans, the cause of outrage was the exclusion of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who appears to be fourth-choice right-back for the Three Lions.
The 21-year-old has been nothing short of immaculate since his breakthrough to the starting XI last year, and his excellent performances have surely attracted interest from some of Europe’s top clubs.
Although, apparently, they haven’t warranted a call up to the England first team in the eyes of Southgate, who has previously shown his willingness to pick players based on form rather than reputation.
The former Middlesbrough boss has explained the reasoning behind his exclusion of the Palace number 29, saying:
“I’m not prepared to pick players just to stop the possibility of other countries picking them.
“Aaron Wan-Bissaka is playing very well, and he’s really pushing to be in our squad – there’s no question. I could pick players, give them a cap, and stop them playing somewhere else but I don’t think that’s right.”
The waistcoated honcho is referring to Wan-Bissaka’s ability to play for DR Congo – whom he has previously been called up to at youth level – and he is effectively suggesting that, had he included the youngster in his squad, it would only have been to stop him from pledging his allegiance to his other nationality.
Southgate isn’t going to do that, though and, while it should be respected that he would rather exclude a player from the squad and risk them playing for a different national side than replace someone who has earned their spot, Wan-Bissaka arguably should be in there with Harry Kane, Dele Alli etc regardless.
Considering England have recently reverted to a four-at-the-back after the 2018 World Cup, Wan-Bissaka could arguably be as effective as Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold going forward.
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That said, Wan-Bissaka is surely one of the best one-on-one defenders around, meaning Southgate doesn’t really have a leg to stand on.