Kieran Tripper “needs to start” for England in their World Cup game against Iran, says former Three Lions striker Alan Shearer.
The 32-year-old has helped Newcastle finish third in the Premier League and has been described by Shearer as “the best defender” in England.
“It’s about where he plays in England, not if he plays. He can play left-back, right-back, right-back,” Shearer told BBC Match of the Day.
England kick off in Qatar on November 21.
Trippier impressed again at Newcastle They won 4-1 at Southampton on Sundaysetting one of his side objectives.
England boss Gareth Southgate named his squad for Qatar on Thursday, amid debate over his options at right-back following Trent Alexander-Arnold’s loss of form for Liverpool and injuries to Reece James and Kyle Walker.
Southgate also has problems with left-back Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell out of the tournament hamstring injury
Tripper started England’s recent Euro 2020 defeat of Italy at right-back, a position he earned in the 2018 World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.
In June’s recent Nations League games against Germany and Italy, Trippier – who lines up at right-back at Newcastle – played at left-back for Southgate’s men.
“If you want someone who’s a very good defender he’s him, if you want someone who’s going to create chances he’s also him and he’s a great leader,” Shearer said.
“He’s been a real game-changer for Newcastle with his attitude and ability. He’s been really fantastic. He’s calm under pressure and doesn’t panic at all. His whole game has been amazing.
“All this in front of the England coach. He has to start with all the problems England have had.”
|In total||Premier League level|
|Successful crosses||50||1. a|
|It goes to the last third||148||2nd|
|Chances from hits||20||2nd|
Meanwhile, former England defender Gary Neville is unsure if Southgate can trust Alexander-Arnold “slightly” in the heat of the World Cup battle.
After Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League win at Tottenham on Sunday, the former Manchester United defender told Sky Sports: “At the moment, I can’t see how Gareth can play in a World Cup qualifier. Trento Alexander-Arnold.
“I want this player to be the best right-back of all time because he has the ability, but today it looked like it could cost Liverpool dearly.
“He does crazy things. In the World Cup, today there would have been a penalty against him and in a second stage or a quarter-final, he conceded a goal.
“I don’t think Gareth will rely on a play-off, which means he’ll take it then? He’s got four excellent right-backs to potentially play in as well.”