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England must pick ‘Wan-Bissaka over James for Euro 2020 squad’

Gareth Southgate has an embarrassment of riches at right-back, highlighted by Premier League and Champions League winner Trent Alexander-Arnold being dropped amid an inconsistent season.

James started the 5-0 win over San Marino, before being replaced by Kieran Trippier, and Kyle Walker played the full 90 minutes as England won 2-0 in Albania.

Wan-Bissaka has been called up by Southgate but is yet to make a senior appearance and Deeney says the Manchester United defender better than the head coach’s other options.

“It’s not personal, just an opinion; I don’t think Reece James goes over Wan-Bissaka,” he told talkSPORT. “I don’t think he should have been in this squad over Wan-Bissaka.

“He doesn’t always start for Chelsea, that’s a main (reason). But I just think Wan-Bissaka is so good defensively.

“You can say what you want about (Wan-Bissaka) with the ball, but when it comes to the nitty-gritty you’re going to need someone who will clamp down on their winger, know his role, do his job, get the ball and give it to the better players – that’s what you need in those situations.

“I’d back (Wan-Bissaka) or Kyle Walker because he’s so fast. But I’d have Wan-Bissaka.”


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