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Cascarino urges Southgate to stick with Gomez

Joe Gomez

Former Republic of Ireland international Tony Cascarino believes Joe Gomez is a better option for England than Kyle Walker.

The Liverpool defender impressed in a 3-man defence in England’s 2-1 UEFA Nations League defeat by Spain at Wembley on Saturday night while Walker had to make do with a place on the substitutes bench.

Walker was a key member of Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad during the summer and although he plays as a right-back for Pep Guardiola, Walker has been used on the right-side of a back three for the Three Lions. Despite this, Cascarino explains why he would pick Liverpool’s Gomez ahead of the Manchester City defender.

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Writing in The Times, Cascarino said: “Joe Gomez played really well on the right of England’s three-man defence. That position is his to lose now. He is 21 and will only get better playing centrally alongside Virgil van Dijk for Liverpool this season.

“Kyle Walker did well in that role in the World Cup but Gomez is almost as quick and is better in the air and has better positional sense than Walker, who is best at right back. The Manchester City man’s strengths are in one-on-one situations and flying up and down the right flank.

“It leaves Gareth Southgate with a tough choice at right wing back between Walker and Kieran Trippier but the England manager should not drop Gomez just to get Walker and Trippier in.”