England ‘should play Aaron Wan-Bissaka over Reece James at Euro 2020’, says Troy Deeney – as veteran striker also claims he feels ‘safer’ with Nick Pope ahead of Jordan Pickford in goal for the Three Lions
- Troy Deeney thinks Aaron Wan-Bissaka should play for Reece James
- England also has Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Tripper as right back
- Wan-Bissaka has yet to make a senior appearance under boss Gareth Southgate
- Deeney has backed Nick Pope to replace Jordan Pickford in goal for England
Troy Deeney believes Aaron Wan-Bissaka should play for Reece James for England at Euro 2020, and he also had his thoughts on the team’s goalkeeping dilemma.
England’s manager Gareth Southgate is spoiled for choice as right back with Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier also in the running alongside Manchester United defender and young Chelsea’s James.
James started in the Three Lions with a 5-0 win over San Marino before being replaced by Trippier – while Manchester City’s Kyle Walker, a right back of course, played the full game as a center-back, where Southgate seems to favor him.
Watford’s Troy Deeney has had his say on the England squad ahead of Euro 2020 this summer
Deeney said Aaron Wan-Bissaka (left) should start right back ahead of Reece James (right)
Wan-Bissaka did get an international call-up but has yet to appear under Southgate and Deeney believes he will be the best man for the job this summer.
‘It’s not personal, it’s an opinion; I don’t think Reece James is about Wan-Bissaka, ”he told talkSPORT. ‘I don’t think he should have been on this squad above Wan-Bissaka.
‘He doesn’t always start for Chelsea, that’s an important (reason). But I just think Wan-Bissaka is that good defensively.
‘You can say whatever you want about (Wan-Bissaka) with the ball, but when it comes to the details, you need someone who can hold his winger, know his role, do his job, take the ball and give it to the better players – that’s what you need in those situations.
‘I’d go back (Wan-Bissaka) or Kyle Walker because he’s so fast. But I would have Wan-Bissaka. ‘
The veteran forward said he feels ‘safer’ with Nick Pope in goal over Jordan Pickford
Deeney also weighed in on the Southgate goalkeeper riddle ahead of the tournament this summer.
Everton’s Jordan Pickford was Southgate’s go-to man among the sticks, but Burnley stopper Nick Pope got himself into trouble after another great year with the Clarets.
And the Watford frontman said he feels ‘safer’ now that Pope is taking over Pickford’s government.
‘I know Pickford is technically number one, but I feel safer with Pope in goal,’ he said added
‘I think when you play with Pickford, or when you watch Pickford, you always think,’ Is that mistake coming? ‘.
I know that’s really hard because any goalkeeper who makes a mistake always gets the attention, but I just think when Pope plays – especially when he’s playing for Burnley – I never feel like he’s going to make a mistake.
“He’s solid, he’s reliable, and that’s what you want from your goalkeeper, isn’t it?”