James Tavernier deserves England call-up after amazing Rangers form this season
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, Rangers are going to the Europa League final on May 18th to play Frankfurt.
A stunning team performance at Ibrox saw them overturn a first leg 1-0 deficit to claim a huge 3-1 win on the night and see them progress past RB Leipzig as massive underdogs.
But as usual, there was one man to stand out above all others during the game for his performance and it was the skipper James Tavernier.
The 30-year-old right-back scored the opening goal of the game to help the side on their way to victory, notching his seventh goal in the knockout stages alone to put him top of the scoring charts for the tournament outright.
But it was simply the cherry on top of what has so far been a simply brilliant campaign, and should be the straw that breaks the camel’s back when it comes to an international call up.
We all know that England are absolutely blessed at right-back for options with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier among a highly talented group.
But Tavernier’s constant omissions even from conversations about it has gone way too far at this point and he simply has earned the right to represent his country at least once.
We saw during the last international break that Walker was left out of the squad in order to give other players a chance, because Gareth Southgate had already seen all he needed to see.
So during the summer break, where England face four games in quick succession, there is no reason for the Rangers skipper not to be involved.
During what has been a simply ‘phenomenal’ campaign, as described by Alan Hutton, Tavernier has consistently delivered the goods going forward while also showing he is more than capable defensively too.
He has played at the top level in the Europa League as well as competing for the title in Scotland and making it to a cup final.
It’s a crime that he’s been consistently overlooked on the international stage after his performances over the years and it’s time that came to an end.
He may not make it into the final World Cup squad, and if everyone is fit that’s probably the right call, but he has earned a chance to put his case forward while wearing the Three Lions shirt.
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