The last time we spoke about Ryan Kent for England, he was off the back of scintillating displays against Dortmund, outshining Jude Bellingham, and that article was absolutely slaughtered.
So if fans didn’t think he was good enough back then, in arguably some of the form of his life, we doubt there will be much sympathy this time either.
But with England’s diabolical spell under Gareth Southgate continuing (he absolutely wrecked his big chance at the Euros with incompetence at the top level) questions are certainly being asked about the shambles he presides over and his generally rather stubborn management.
The Harry Maguire fallacy will always follow him – how can you take seriously a manager who will not drop the hapless Man Utd man?
But then, equally, we have the same concern with another Englishman and his immunity to being dropped in Connor Goldson under Gio.
Rangers’ English contingent has always been a topic for debate – there is zero debate Steven Gerrard favoured the English players, with just McGregor and Jack (and Arfield) really making an impression under him. Otherwise there was a huge English influence, and in truth that’s no surprise under an English manager.
Ryan Kent, at his peak, was good enough at least for an England call up. Any Rangers fan denying this is deluded. We’re not saying he was good enough for a cap or to be a regular, but he was exceptional at his best. He’s way off that right now, never been further from an England call up, ditto Goldson, who, briefly, could have been considered during 55 as maybe a contender for a call up as well.
Tavernier? Too much depth at RB for England, too many world class players there for the captain to ever really have a shout.
But end of the day, Southgate, no matter how rotten his side are playing or how bad the results, will NEVER pick from Scotland in a million years.
The Fraser Forster call up at Celtic was a one-off under Hodgson and in his defence he’s an exceptional goalkeeper who got his move to the PL in 2014.
But generally it doesn’t happen and Southgate would sooner gouge his own eyes out than pick anyone from the SPL, no matter how good they might be.
He can just stick with Maguire.