Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is reportedly set to miss out on an England appearance tonight.
England are back in action this evening, taking on Bulgaria in Sofia as they look to bounce back from Friday’s shock 2-1 defeat away at the Czech Republic.
Gareth Southgate saw his side squander a 1-0 lead in Prague on Friday night, and he will now ring the changes for tonight’s game against Bulgaria, with defensive alterations coming.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Chilwell will be coming into the back four, whilst Michael Keane will drop out, and the Daily Mail claim that Aston Villa star Tyrone Mings will be coming into the side.
Southgate is allegedly giving the nod to the £25million Villa man (Sky Sports), preferring him over Joe Gomez as the partner to Harry Maguire in the heart of England’s back four.
That’s a major sign of how much Mings has impressed since first arriving at Villa Park earlier this year, but will be an absolute hammer blow to Liverpool man Gomez.
The 22-year-old had been identified as a leading contender to start for England at EURO 2020, but now finds himself behind Keane, Mings and possibly even John Stones when he comes back from injury.
That’s really not how Gomez would have seen this season going. So far, he’s made just two Premier League appearances this season, and he looked a little rusty in the recent 4-3 Champions League win over RB Salzburg too.
A lack of playing time behind Joel Matip and unconvincing displays mean that whilst Gomez remains in the squad, he won’t be picked ahead of Mings tonight, with the Villa man playing week in and week out under Dean Smith.
Maybe it’s just a chance to see Mings in international action, especially as he’s a left-footed centre back, meaning he can offer real balance to Southgate’s defence moving forward.
Yet for Gomez, he’ll be wondering just how far down the pecking order he really is, with time sat on the bench for club and country really not what he’ll have had in mind having been touted for stardom.