‘He’s the BEST English centre-back who plays regularly’: Danny Murphy praises Everton’s James Tarkowski after Crystal Palace win… as pundits suggest Toffees defender should make England Cup squad of the world
- Murphy was full of praise for the Everton centre-back on Saturday
- Tarkowski helped the Toffees to a 3-0 win over Palace at Goodison Park
- Pundits suggested that the 29-year-old is an outsider scream for the World Cup team.
Everton defender James Tarkowski is “the best English centre-back who plays regularly”, according to former England international Danny Murphy.
Tarkowski starred in Crystal Palace’s 3-0 demolition of the Toffees on Saturday afternoon and picked up his third clean sheet of the season in the process.
And after a dominant performance alongside compatriot Conor Coady, pundits were quick to suggest that anyone could have a chance of making England’s World Cup squad.
The 29-year-old centre-back helped Everton secure their third clean sheet of the season.
Danny Murphy said that James Tarkowski is “the best English centre-back who plays regularly”
Speaking in game of the dayMurphy said: ‘He is [Tarkowski] the best English centre-back we have who is playing regularly. It’s been that good.
A graph on the screen showed that he has recorded the most blocks (25), second-most clearances (69) and third-most interceptions (21) of all Premier League defenders this season.
Fellow pundit Martin Keown went on to describe Tarkowski and his central defensive partner Conor Coady and suggested either could make Gareth Southgate’s team.
Discussing the options available, Keown said: It’s about getting people back from injury. Dier is probably the only one who plays regularly. Stones is sitting on the bench. But these two really stand out.’
Conor Coady is also playing as a couple! They told us he couldn’t play. [in a defensive pairing]but now he is playing very well.’
Tarkowski (right) and Conor Coady speak during a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Toffees signed both Tarkowski and Coady this summer as they looked to strengthen their leaky defence, from Burnley and Wolves respectively.
Both defenders have quickly become Frank Lampard’s go-to men at the back and have helped stabilize the Toffees’ backline, having conceded just 12 goals this season.
And with Gareth Southgate facing a selection dilemma ahead of Qatar, with several of his biggest stars facing a race to be fit in time for the tournament, it opens the door for one of Everton’s defenders.
The defender has started every Premier League game for Everton this campaign.
However, Tarkowski and Coady are not the only ones promoted with an international call-up.
Everton manager Lampard believes striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin will have a chance of making England’s World Cup squad if he can stay fit and fit.
In a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, the 25-year-old scored for the first time since the goal that kept the Toffees in the Premier League last May, coincidentally also against Palace and the Gwladys Street winger.
It was only his fourth appearance of the season and the first time he has made back-to-back starts since a knee injury on the eve of the season.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored for the first time this season as Everton beat Crystal Palace