England may have made huge mistake with Rangers star who shone in Seville
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England may have made huge mistake with Rangers star who shone in Seville

Rangers star Calvin Bassey was head and shoulders above his Ibrox teammates last night in the Europa League final defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt – and his performance shows England may have made a massive mistake on the former Leicester City youngster.

Bassey, who is now cap-tied to Nigeria, was eligible to represent England, Italy or the Super Eagles – making his debut earlier this year in a World Cup playoff.

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Ever since breaking into the first-team at Ibrox on a consistent basis this season, Bassey has only continued to improve and his performance last night bodes very well for the future.

With the Rangers star now cap-tied, Southgate and his coaching staff must surely be kicking themselves at letting the defender away.

Although it is unlikely he’d be in the running for a place in the England side just now, if he continues to develop as he has, then the Rangers defender won’t be too far away before long.

His versatility is something that is sure to stand him in good stead in the future with Bassey comfortable at left-back on in the centre of defence.

The Nigerian’s ridiculous strength and surprising pace are two huge attributes and he’s starting to show signs of a player who is really beginning to understand how the game in front of him is unfolding.

With more experience at the top level, Bassey seems to be destined for the very top – and the England staff appear to have got this one badly wrong.

Rangers set for windfall when Bassey leaves Ibrox

Having come through the ranks at Leicester City, Bassey counts as a homegrown English player and that is something that can help increase his value to clubs south of the border.

When he does eventually leave Rangers, the Light Blues are in for a massive payday and it would be no surprise if Bassey is one of the most expensive departures from Scottish football.

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Next season is likely to see Bassey become one of Rangers’ first-pick centre-backs and the experience will be massive for his development.

Perhaps if the FA had a little more foresight, he could have been on the plane to Qatar this winter with the Three Lions instead of watching at home a Super Eagle.

In other news, nothing but pride after Rangers’ four-year Europa League odyssey ends in Seville agony

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