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Hodgson on Wan-Bissaka’s England prospects

5 October 2018

Roy Hodgson believes Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has every chance of a senior England call-up in the future.

Wan-Bissaka has been selected for England U21s for their two crucial fixtures next week, but if he continues performing for Palace, Hodgson believes he won’t be far from Gareth Southgate’s mind, even though England have an abudnance of talent at right-back.

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The former England boss said: “He faces very stiff competition in Walker and Trippier, who have had great success down that right hand side. Then there’s Trent Alexander-Arnold who has done a fantastic job at Liverpool. For him to break in, he has to knock a few people over along the way before he’s maybe considered.

“But we believe in him, we think he’s very good. And England obviously do too because they’re choosing him to be in their U21 team.”

Wan-Bissaka has won back-to-back ManBetX Player of the Month awards, as voted by fans on, having started every league game under Hodgson this season, with the exception of the loss at Watford following a one match suspension.

And Hodgson believes if Wan-Bissaka continues to put in performances of such high quality, he has every chance of recognition at the very highest level: “It’s been proven over the last five or six years in England, that if you are young, if you are in the U21 team and have committed your future to England, and you are playing on a fairly regular basis for your team in the league, you have a chance of being selected.

“Seeing players like Mount and Maddison selected, the lad from Dortmund [Jadon Sancho], that should be a fillip for player like Wan-Bissaka, as he should think ‘if those guys can play well enough and attract the attention of the national manager, so can I’”.

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