Uncapped Everton defender Mason Holgate has been scouted by England manager Gareth Southgate and is in line for a call-up, according to the Daily Mirror.
They report that Southgate and his staff have watched Holgate for the last three matches and have been impressed by what they’ve seen.
Southgate is searching around for central defenders and the fourth spot in his squad for players in that role looks up for grabs, with Tyrone Mings perhaps in pole position right now.
Joe Gomez, John Stones and Harry Maguire look certainties but Holgate could gatecrash the party and his versatility is cited in the report as something which appeals to Southgate.
TBR’s View – Perhaps slightly too soon for Holgate but there is a role there for him
That fourth central defensive spot in Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad is well and truly up for grabs.
Gary Cahill and Phil Jones have rightly dropped out of the picture since World Cup 2018 and Holgate’s Everton team mate Michael Keane’s form has seen him slip down the pecking order.
Mings got the nod against Bulgaria but he has had an injury and his form has tailed off.
Holgate could overtake Mings and Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori in the pecking order if he keeps this form up and impresses if given the chance in March.