Joe Gomez’s stunning start to the Premier League season is expected to warrant the faith of Gareth Southgate on Saturday night.
The 21-year-old has been formidable alongside Virgil van Dijk across Liverpool’s unbeaten run, staking a claim for an extended run in his preferred centre-back position.
His fine form has paved a difficult route back to the first team for Dejan Lovren and evidently caught the eye of the England manager.
Southgate is now expected to name Gomez in the Three Lions’ starting lineup to face Spain in their UEFA Nations League opener, according to the Telegraph’s
Gomez had been in contention to earn a place in England’s World Cup squad, only to pick up an injury in March’s 1-0 friendly over the Netherlands.
The former Charlton prospect has since kickstarted his transition into a permanent centre-back role for his club with four dominant displays to begin the new campaign.
Southgate is known to be an avid admirer of Gomez on the basis of his ball-playing expertise, and seemingly views the Liverpool man as an ideal fit to his back three system.
Experience playing at right-back last season has set Gomez in good stead to thrive in a setup that will require both his athleticism and awareness on the cover for his full-backs, as well as a confidence to step up with the ball.
Besides polishing his decision-making as a distributor, he has also grown to become a more disruptive physical presence for opposition strikers to contend with.
The talent is undoubtedly there to see him become an England regular for years to come.
A start at Wembley will be richly-deserved.