The Mirror Have Surely Dropped A Clanger By Ignoring Wan-Bissaka’s England Hopes?

1 Posted by - March 5, 2019 - News

England boss Gareth Southgate made the trip to Turf Moor to watch Crystal Palace’s 3-1 victory over Burnley last Saturday, with 21-year-old Three Lions hopeful Aaron Wan-Bissaka putting in another masterful display; amazingly, The Mirror appear to have put two and two together to make five. 

Whilst Burnley stopper Tom Heaton is seen as a dead cert for inclusion in the next England squad, Southgate has been widely tipped to bring Wan-Bissaka into the senior set-up for the first time, making The Mirror’s suggestion that he was there solely to cast his eye over Andros Townsend rather baffling. 

I’ve read and re-read the attached piece twice more to make sure and at the time of writing this, I can assure you that there is no mention whatsoever in the main body of the piece of Wan-Bissaka’s seemingly imminent selection. Is it seen as that much of a given that they haven’t even seen fit to make reference to it? Or is it just a humungous error on their part? I’ll leave you to decide. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love Andros Townsend, his work-rate and consistency have been a huge part of the reason why Palace are practically safe from relegation fears with nine games of the Premier League season left to play but in the current climate, it’s difficult to envisage the former Tottenham man getting a call-up instead of Aaron. 

For what it’s worth, if Southgate had held any reservations over Wan-Bissaka’s quality heading into the afternoon, his display against the Clarets is likely to have  put the England boss’ mind at rest. Completing seven tackles and grabbing an assist for Michy Batshuayi’s goal, the full-back enjoyed a stellar outing, leaving many of a red and blue persuasion to wonder just how high his ceiling is.

Now, over a year into his professional career, the 21-year-old just seems to be getting better and better, with international football beckoning, how good can he go on to become? I can’t wait to find out. 

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  • Gordon March 5, 2019 - 8:11 am Reply

    With Walker & Trippier as Southgate regulars, it’s going to be hard for Wan-Bissaka to break into the England team. He’s as good as them, if not better, defensively imo, but going forward I think the current pair have the edge. Trippier is also a free kick specialist. It’s clear that Southgate rates them both as he’s played Walker as a CB to accommodate both him and Trippier. I can see Wan-Bissaka replacing Walker in Southgate’s reckoning in due course, but Walker still seems to be at the top of his game and Wan-Bissaka might have to wait a season or more to get his chance. Southgate might well give him a try in non-competitive games, but I’m not sure he’ll select more than 2 RBs in his squad for the qualifiers. But who knows, injuries or suspensions might give him an opportunity to stake his claim.

    • Rob March 5, 2019 - 9:41 am Reply

      He needs to give him a cap just to ensure he doesn’t end up playing for DR Congo. Southgate doesn’t really have regulars though does he? He’s always said he would pick the most inform players at the time of selection.

  • Barry broughton March 5, 2019 - 9:29 am Reply

    Southgate must hate watching palace , as Alan pardew said England will live to regret ignoring wilf zaha.
    Statistics show wan- bassaka must be in with England’s reckoning , i just hope he doesn’t move with a top six club and become a back up player. Palace do seem to have a good group of players who get on , is it down to Roys launguage skills ?

  • Mike Ward March 5, 2019 - 10:01 am Reply

    Southgate sees the value of building for the future so giving Wan Bissaka a cap or even just getting him training with the senior team will all help prepare him for the time that he does get his first cap.
    The Mirror is garbage, although not unique and far from the worst in that regard amongst newspapers.

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