As England stumbled to a 2-0 defeat against talent-strewn Belgium, you can be rest assured that several Rangers players would’ve been watching on from home.
Of the English contingent within the Ibrox squad, three of them in Ryan Kent, James Tavernier and Connor Goldson have all been mooted for a potential call-up in the past.
Gary McAllister claimed Ryan Kent was “close” to breaking into Gareth Southgate’s squad whilst former Livi defender and Englishman Graham Coughlan claimed “it won’t be long” until the England boss takes the prospect of calling up Tav or Connor seriously [Daily Record].
Rangers winger Kent faces a hard task to break into the team with a plethora of young English talent – including the likes of Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling – currently in the squad.
Rangers captain James Tavernier is also hamstrung by a wealth of talent in the same position, with the likes of Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander Arnold ahead of him in the pecking order.
But in Connor Goldson, Rangers surely have a player who can stake a claim to a spot in a squad where defence is surely considered the weakest area of competition.
The likes of £80m Manchester United star Harry Maguire might’ve had an impressive World Cup but his form at club level has contributed to the Red Devils languishing in 14th place in the Premier League.
Spurs centre-half turned defensive midfielder Eric Dier is regularly lampooned – albeit not always fairly – whilst the suggestion Connor Goldson couldn’t compete at the level of other defensive squad members is a nonsense.
Joe Gomez might be a starter with Liverpool but the likes of Michael Keane (Everton), Connor Coady (Wolves) and Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) are at the very least performing at a similar level to or in the same ballpark as Goldson.
If the ball-playing Rangers centre-back continues to impress at both Scottish Premiership level and in the Europa League, where he is the lynchpin of a defence which has performed so admirably this season, then the likes of Graham Coughlin are absolutely right.
It surely can’t be long until Gareth Southgate considers giving Rangers’ commander-in-chief at the back an opportunity with England.