Tyler Blackett considered for next England squad

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Tyler Blackett could be fast-tracked into the senior England squad as Roy Hodgson continues to struggle for left-sided centre-backs, reports The Telegraph.

The Manchester United youth product has been afforded plenty of first team opportunities at Old Trafford this season. Much of his time on the pitch can been credited to a lack of alternative options as Louis van Gaal continues to work around a number of injuries.

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Blackett, 20, has made only five appearances for Manchester United and has looked far from the finished article at times. His struggles were summed on Sunday after he was dismissed for a clumsy challenge on Jamie Vardy, awarding a penalty to Leicester City and helping them on their way to 5-3 victory.

Although raw, Blackett is considered a genuine prospect for both club and country and a lack of options has forced Hodgson into considering the youngster for the upcoming qualifier against San Marino.


With England facing apparently easy games against San Marino and Estonia, the pressure to select the best possible squad should be off for the England boss, who is looking to usher in a new generation of young stars.

With the top two in each group automatically qualifying and England already winning 2-0 in what appears to be the toughest games against Switzerland, it should be a stress free campaign heading to 2016.

New blood

The likes of Calum Chambers and Jon Stones have already made their debuts despite their inexperience and Blackett is set to be the next in line for a new-look Three Lions defence.

Out of all the young defenders, all prefer the right-side of centre-back. That goes for the aforementioned Stones and Chambers as well as Blackett's United team-mates Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

As Blackett is comfortable on the left-side, Hodgson wants to introduce him to the squad now in the hope that he will eventually develop into a player of international quality.

Old guard

Joleon Lescott, who played superbly for West Brom at the weekend, can also fill the void on the left side of central defence, but at 32-years-old, the former Manchester City star does not meet the requirements for a young and vibrant squad.

Meanwhile Phil Jagielka is moving further away from the England squad. Hodgson wants to axe the older players in favour of younger stars.

It appears that Gary Cahill is the only player guaranteed a starting spot for England. One of the up-and-comers know there is a chance to establish themselves for the national side and Hodgson appears to want every possible player to have an audition. 

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