As England prepare for the European Championships, three Rangers players haven’t even formed part of the conversation regarding a dream call-up to their 26-man squad.
Ryan Kent’s trickery has previously been mentioned alongside the national side, whilst Connor Goldson is a defensive rock perhaps underappreciated down south due to his current status in Scotland.
But whilst some might argue these two could’ve at least stolen a few headlines down south, the original make-up of the squad shows exactly why club captain James Tavernier stands little chance with the Three Lions.
Prior to an injury to Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gareth Southgate had called up an astonishing four right-backs to the tournament such is the nation’s depth in this position.
— England (@England) June 1, 2021
For any other country, it’s difficult to imagine the free-scoring Tavernier and his 35 goal contributions this season not at the very least forming part of the discussion at international level.
But such is the strength of this area with England, Rangers star Tavernier finds himself so far down the pecking order an England call-up genuinely feels miles away with millions of pounds worth of talent ahead of him.
A La Liga winner with Atletico, £20m right-back Kieran Trippier is likely to feature heavily whilst Man City’s Kyle Walker – a then world-record £53m defensive signing from Spurs – is also in the squad.
That’s before we even mention the likes of Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan Bissaka, who moved to Old Trafford from Crystal Palace for a reported £50m only two years ago and failed to make the squad.
There’s also something to be said for the fact that instead of replacing Trent with the likes of Tavernier or Wan Bissaka, Southgate has instead opted to include Brighton centre-back Ben White.
After he was released at 16, there were two people that stuck by @ben6white more than most: his mum and dad.
— England (@England) June 9, 2021
Amid Tavernier’s rampant form last season, particularly in the first few months of the campaign, it had plenty suggesting that he could convince England boss Gareth Southgate to give him the nod.
But there’s little doubt that, given the swell of talent in front of him and Southgate’s clear intentions, any suggestion Tavernier could’ve turned out at Euro 2020 comes from a place of hope rather than expectation.
Player of the Year James Tavernier had a superb season at Ibrox and was delighted to sign a new Gers contract after his exploits with the Light Blues.