Gary Neville says Walker is the England right-back Southgate will trust most

Sam Preston April 6, 2021
Gary Neville says Walker is the England right-back Southgate will trust most
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Last night, England’s right-back situation was discussed at length during Monday Night Football on Sky Sports.

Gary Neville is as well-placed as anyone to run the rule over the contenders to start there for the Three Lions this summer.

He took a look at five potential options – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Reece James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Neville basically concluded that Manchester City star Walker is the one Gareth Southgate will trust the most.

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“He’s the best defender,” Neville said of Walker during the discussion.

“In terms of defensively and going forward and pace and experience – he’s the one Gareth Southgate will trust the most, Kyle Walker.

“He does make mistakes but we all make mistakes. He’s someone who can play right centre-back and right-back in a back four.

“He’s the most valuable to Gareth Southgate because he does change between those two systems. Absolute must that he’ll go in the summer.”

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England have such an embarrassment of riches at right-back that some will say Walker could be the one left out.

It’s really down to personal preference and Southgate should have such strong competition for places at right-back whoever he takes.

Walker was out of the England frame not too long ago and has forced his way back in.

That should reassure Alexander-Arnold after his recent snub, but the question is whether he can get back into the very next squad for the summer.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.