Rangers’ ironman Connor Goldson is enjoying a well-earned break after playing every minute of every game for Steven Gerrard’s side as they romped to a historic title this season – but it is baffling that the Ibrox colossus wasn’t even in consideration for Gareth Southgate’s England squad Euro 2020.
Southgate has named a provisional 33-man pool ahead of naming his final 26-man squad for the finals, with uncapped defenders Ben White and Ben Godfrey on the initial list.
Godfrey (Everton) and White (Brighton) have impressed at club level this season and there’s absolutely no question they deserve to be in consideration for the finals, but it begs the question of what Goldson needs do to be looked at.
Tyrone Mings, Harry Maguire, John Stones and Connor Coady are the other central defensive options Southgate has picked – although a couple will likely be dropped before the squad is finalised.
A number of Goldson’s Rangers team-mates will be representing their nations at Euro 2020 with Nathan Patterson and Jon McLaughlin (Scotland), Filip Helander (Sweden), Glen Kamara (Finland) and Borna Barisic (Croatia) all likely to be involved.
Gerrard’s Player of the Year
While Scottish football is hardly held in high regard in England, Goldson’s performances in the Europa League for Rangers have shown he’s more than capable of coping with whatever England come up against.
Gareth Southgate apparently looked at 18 different central defenders for his squad and, even on their best day, it’s hard to buy that there are currently 18 better English centre-backs than the Rangers number 6.
The former Brighton defender was inexplicably overlooked for indiviual honours in Scotland this season, although he was named Steven Gerrard’s Player of the Year at the club’s own awards ceremony.
As well as lifting the Scottish Premiership, Goldson played a massive role in smashing a number of record for the Light Blues – including bettering Chelsea’s defensive record of only conceding 15 goals over the course of the campaign.
Goldson was also central to Rangers’ outstanding clean sheet record, recording 34 shutouts in 56 games across all competition.
That’s not to say that the Rangers centre-back should have walked into Southgate’s squad – he shouldn’t – but to overlook him completely doesn’t make any sense at a time England aren’t exactly flush with fantastic options there.
Maybe there’s more to it than meets the eye, and perhaps Goldson getting the chance to perform in the Champions League will change Southgate’s mind.
You need to go back to Paul Gascoigne to find the last England player to be capped with at Rangers and, with the once again the dominant side in Scotland, it’s time that the Three Lions boss seriously considered changing that.