Former Manchester United midfielder Luke Chadwick believes Gareth Southgate could regret snubbing Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka for England’s Euro 2020 squad this summer.
“I think it’s quite strange that he’s not been thought of in that position,” Chadwick told CaughtOffside. “It’s common knowledge what a good one-on-one defender he is.
“When England go to major tournaments, in the latter stages of it, when you’re playing the likes of Spain or France you’re going to give up a bit of possession, and I think Wan-Bissaka’s shown, against some of the world’s best like Neymar in the Paris Saint-Germain games, that there’s no one better at one-on-one defending.
“It does look like Southgate is trying to change the way England play, to have hold of possession more, but to do that against the best teams is going to be a struggle, and it’s not like Wan-Bissaka can’t keep hold of the ball, even if he can lack that end-product of the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier.
“It is a bit worrying that he’s not really mentioned at all when squads come up, given the ability he’s got, you’d probably trust him ahead some of the other right-backs, who are not quite as athletic or as solid defensively as Wan-Bissaka.”