In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Wolves legend Steve Bull has called for Conor Coady to start for England this summer because of his form and leadership qualities.
Coady has made just four appearances for England, however he is one of the most natural defenders to play as a back three if that is the formation Gareth Southgate opts to deploy at this summer’s tournament.
Since Nuno Espirito Santo arrived at Wolves he has been playing with three centre backs, and Coady has been a mainstay throughout this transitional period for Wolves.
It’s unclear if England will be playing with three or four at the back this summer, and with so many options in the final third it could be time for Southgate to let his flair players off the leash.
Speaking on whether or not Coady should be starting for England at what would be his first international tournament, and what makes him a good fit for a starting role, Bull told FFC:
“I think he should start because he’s done it at Wolves for years in a three at the back. He’s a born leader, is very vocal on the pitch and he can lead from the back.
“He got his first goal for England not so long ago and that will have him on cloud nine and he’s unbelievable. So, he’s only going to continue to grow.
“While there will be other defenders out there questioning why Coady is in the squad, he’s doing a good job and he’s a leader.”
Coady has started and played the full 90 minutes for England in each of his FOUR appearances, keeping three clean sheets in that time.