Calls have increased today, and indeed in recent weeks, for Rangers’ captain James Tavernier to be capped by England after the RB’s latest extraordinary stats propelled to the top of various leaderboards.
The 29-year old, having the season of his life by some distance, has become incredibly lucrative the past couple of months, with goals and assists among the best in the country.
But it’s those England calls which are starting to look legitimate which seem to be the loudest ones at present, and we can’t say we blame them.
Of course, Tavernier would have £200M of talent to supplant first, in the form of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander Arnold, valued at around £150M, and Man Utd’s Wan Bissaka who cost the Old Trafford giants £50M from Crystal Palace.
And moreover manager Gareth Southgate is well-known to favour the younger crop of players, which got them so far at the last world cup.
So Tavernier’s chances of getting a call up are probably not astoundingly high, and of course there’s the ‘play in Scotland’ fallacy which also diminishes Ryan Kent’s chances of a shout too.
But Tavernier’s form is certainly something we might see Southgate have a look at some time, especially when he’s looking at options for depth.
We doubt the ex-Newcastle man will ever surpass either Wan Bissaka or Alexander Arnold, but he’s got as good a shout as any of being involved if a third option is ever required or one of them gets injured.
Your call Mr Southgate.