Deeney: Wan-Bissaka a better England option than James

Watford striker Troy Deeney believes Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka should be included in England’s European Championship squad rather than Chelsea defender Reece James.

England boss Gareth Southgate has a major decision to make at right-back, where he has several excellent options.


The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier are also in contention.

Speaking on Talksport, Deeney said Wan-Bissaka should get the nod – and believes James should not have been in England’s current squad.

The United man’s defensive ability means many believe Southgate needs him.

And Deeney said: “It’s not personal, just an opinion; I don’t think Reece James goes over Wan-Bissaka. I don’t think he should have been in this squad over Wan-Bissaka.

“He doesn’t always start for Chelsea, that’s a main one (reason). But I just think Wan-Bissaka is so good defensively.

“You can say what you want about him (Wan-Bissaka) with the ball, but when it comes to the nitty-gritty you’re going to need someone who will clamp down on their winger, know his role, do his job, get the ball and give it to the better players – that’s what you need in those situations.

“I’d back him (Wan-Bissaka) or Kyle Walker because he’s so fast. But I’d have Wan-Bissaka.”




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