View: Ryan Sessegnon could make last ditch England push for World Cup 2022
Wing-backs have become a crazy in modern football, and one that both England and Tottenham defender Ryan Sessegnon could take advantage of.
Gareth Southgate looks set to adopt a 3-4-3 system at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year, having opted for that system for the majority of his reign at major tournaments where he reached the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup and final of Euro 2020.
But there could be a vacancy set to appear in his squad ahead of the squad announcement in November, that nobody was expecting a few months ago.
Southgate’s most recent squad included an incredible six full-backs.
Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold make up the options on the right hand side, while Ben Chilwell and Luke Shaw were the options for the left.
But while the right hand side options are all playing regularly for their club sides and mostly in good form, the left is up for grabs.
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Chilwell has been in and out of the side since his knee injury and with Chelsea spending over £60m on Marc Cucurella and then appointing Graham Potter from Brighton too his position could be in doubt.
Shaw hasn’t had much better luck, losing his place in the Manchester United side after defeat in the opening two games of the season and being replaced by Tyrell Malacia.
Picking players that aren’t playing regularly is something that Southgate has previously said he didn’t want to do, but he has done it in this squad alone with Harry Maguire and Kalvin Phillips (before he withdrew through injury).
But another month-and-a-half of no or limited football could see him forced to leave players out, and that could be the case for his England left wing-backs.
Someone pushing for a call-up is Spurs ace Sessegnon, who is playing regularly under Antonio Conte in the left wing-back position and at a high level.
If his performance levels continue to be high and he keeps playing regularly where Shaw and Chilwell potentially don’t, then there is every chance that Sessegnon gets a shock call-up to the squad for Qatar and gets a chance to show the world how good he really is.
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