Could Jamaal Lascelles' unsuitability to England system be problematic to his international ambitions?

Gareth Southgate, England manager talks to media during an England Squad Announcement at St Georges Park on September 28, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

Jamaal Lascelles should certainly be in the conversation for an England call-up, but the Newcastle defender is not suited to his country's current system.

Newcastle goalscorer Jamaal Lascelles celebrates on the final whistle during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on September 10, 2017 in...

There have been a few tentative calls in recent weeks for Jamaal Lascelles to receive an England call-up - and the Newcastle United captain certainly deserves to be in the conversation.

The 23-year-old has led his club through a difficult start to the season, scoring two match-winners and delivering outstanding, consistent defensive performances.

Lascelles was not included in Gareth Southgate's squad for the latest round of qualifiers, but there are friendlies to come in which an uncapped defender could be blooded.

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United celebrates after he scores the winning goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16,...

However, as Harry Maguire made his own bow on Sunday, England's choice of system was slightly less encouraging for Lascelles.

As he has done previously, Southgate opted for a back three, relying on centre backs to bring the ball out of defence and start attacks.

Maguire has not been playing in a three-man defence at club level, but he is a talent in possession, while Gary Cahill, Michael Keane and John Stones are all used to the system.

Harry Maguire of Leicester Cityapplauds the fans at the end of the match during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Burton Albion v Leicester City at Pirelli Stadium on August 1, 2017 in...

This would put Lascelles at a serious disadvantage. Not only have Newcastle largely used a back four under Rafa Benitez, but their captain is not the most able ball-player.

Lascelles is a fine defender, but he would not be particularly well suited to a formation that asks something different of him.

Southgate has coached Lascelles previously with the U21s and so, knowing his game, could this issue play into his thinking?

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