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ENGLAND are monitoring young right-backs Martin Kelly and Kyle Walker ahead of next month’s friendly with Denmark.
Fabio Capello has been impressed with the strides made by Liverpool’s Kelly and is also taken with Walker, who has moved to Aston Villa on loan from Tottenham. The duo, both 20, are outside bets to make the senior squad for the friendly in Copenhagen on February 9.
Kelly’s form at Anfield means England’s first-choice right-back, Glen Johnson, is currently playing at left-back and Capello said: “Kelly is a good right-back but he is very young. He is an interesting player for England for the future.
“Walker has just started to play. He is a very interesting player. I saw him against Uzbekistan for the Under-21s and across the box he was really dangerous. He is very fast and technically very good, but he has to improve his defending.”
SOURCE: Daily Express
Though the club’s overall season has been disappointing, Martin Kelly has been one of the bright sparks in Liverpool’s season.
Glen Johnson’s propensity to get caught too far forward has meant that the more reliable in defence Kelly has taken his spot at right back – though it should be noted that the paucity of options at left back for the Reds mean Johnson still earns a place in the team on the Liverpool left.
Johnson’s attacking prowess has proved a boon for England against poor opposition, but against the world’s better international sides, it has proved as much a weakness for England as it has for Liverpool.
Kelly could well be the consistent option that England are looking for, but he could certainly work on his forward runs and crossing.
If defenders are there primarily to defend though, Kelly is certainly on the right track.
Walker though – currently on loan at Aston Villa – is a rawer player, and like Johnson needs to learn when to stay back.
If he could improve his positioning, he could be a fine player too – and perhaps as England’s next generation of right backs it will be useful to have both defensive and attacking options to select depending on the calibre of the opposition.
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