Aaron Wan-Bissaka was unlucky to not be handed an England call-up for the European Championships, John Barnes claims.
England’s EURO 2020 starts in just over a week. Gareth Southgate’s side have a genuine chance at adding to the trophy cabinet this summer, particularly if everyone plays to their capabilities.
As of right now, four Manchester United players made the cut; Dean Henderson, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford. There’s every chance Jesse Lingard could make it five, if he’s called up to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has been ruled out with injury.
However, according to ex-Liverpool player-turned-pundit, John Barnes, another Red Devil should have made the cut; Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Barnes says ‘The Spider’ should’ve been included as he is England’s ‘best right-back by far’, while adding the ex-Palace man was ‘unfairly overlooked’.
Check out what Barnes had to say in full here:
‘But because he is not as good on the ball as the others, he got unfairly overlooked.
‘So when we come up against a team like France, that is when you don’t need a marauding player who will be more comfortable whipping in crosses and free-kicks in attacking areas.
‘Everyone is clamouring for attacking right backs or number tens, but do not pay enough respect to players who are out and out defenders or defensive midfielders.
‘It doesn’t matter if Southgate plays four or five at the back, if you don’t have players who can defend properly, it is immaterial.’
Honestly, it’s hard to disagree. I’ve said it for ages, Wan-Bissaka offers something different in comparison to England’s other right-backs.
He’s the only England defender who can completely shut down an opposing winger in the one-on-one battle, and later in the tournament when the Three Lions are going against the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Wan-Bissaka would have been perfect for that situation.
I just find it a travesty that four right-backs were called up and Wan-Bissaka wasn’t one of them. Whether it’s due to the fact that our full-back was considering switching international allegiances, or whether Southgate just doesn’t think he’s good enough remains to be seen…
Looking at it positively, this is good news for United. Wan-Bissaka, who started more games than anyone in Europe’s top five leagues in 2020/21, is now going to get the full summer off to rest up.
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