England have plenty of options at left-back this summer for the European Championships in France. However, after this week, it looks like Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand might be in with a shout of making the squad for this summer.
It comes after the unfortunate injury to Manchester United’s Luke Shaw. The current first-choice it seems for his country, the former Southampton left-back broke his leg in two places against PSV Eindhoven this week and it looks as though he will miss the competition.
Leighton Baines is the next obvious choice. Currently the Everton left-back is injured himself but as soon as he returns you can bet on him being included.
But who goes with him?
Kieran Gibbs and Danny Rose were both called in from the cold this week for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur respectively on European duty. Both struggled. Gibbs was at fault for the second goal Arsenal conceded against Dinamo Zagreb and looks to be firm second choice to Nacho Monreal for Arsenal. Rose, was occasionally potent going forward, but poor tracking back. Higher class opposition than Azeri outfit Qarabag and he would have been shown up.
Aaron Cresswell remains an option but after his horror show against Bournemouth earlier this season Roy Hodgson will always have doubts about the player. Other options, such as Tyrone Mings or Jon Flanagan, are out with long-term injuries whilst outside bets such as Everton’s Brendan Galloway or Leeds’ Charlie Taylor seem unlikely.
The former Chelsea defender was excellent for Southampton last season but had to undergo minor knee surgery this summer. He is however scheduled to return to action before the end of the month when he should take the place of England under-21 left-back Matt Targett in the Southampton fold.
When he does expect him to be back to his consistent best and as a defender he is a far better option than either Gibbs or Rose. With Baines already an attacking minded full-back bringing in Bertrand as a solid option would make a lot of sense for Hodgson.