Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has played down the suggestion that the form of Ryan Kent could result in the player being called up for England.
Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister was asked a question about the winger, 23, being called up for the Three Lions national side and claimed he could be “getting close”.
Naturally these comments spawned reams of stories and sensationalist headlines on the subject and Gers boss Gerrard was quick to play the pressure that comes with these stories down.
The Ibrox gaffer is keen for Kent to keep his head down and stresses that if he is to get international recognition, it’ll only come as a result of consistent performances at club level.
“I think Ryan should just continue to do what he’s doing, which is playing well and trying to find that consistency,” said Gerrard [Sky Sports].
“Keep trying to keep the numbers in his games in terms of assists and goals. Everything else will take care of itself.
“I don’t think Ryan Kent needs any England headlines right now.
“I’m sure Gareth is looking at all the talent up and down the country and around Europe, but Ryan Kent just needs to focus on Rangers and keep doing well.
“As a player in my younger days, that’s what I tried to do for Liverpool and then international recognition comes naturally if you’re performing well for your club.”
Rangers splashed out a fee which could reach north of £7m to secure Ryan Kent from Liverpool last season and with a full pre-season under his belt he looks worth every penny.
The winger has been attracting interest from the likes of Premier League Leeds United with Rangers said to have rejected a £10m bid for the player earlier in the transfer window.
Ryan Kent has scored five goals and laid on five assists in ten games for Rangers this season.