Simon Jordan would pick Kieran Trippier at right-back for England
James is now a doubt to go to Qatar after picking up a knee injury against AC Milan. According to BBC Sport, there is a major question mark hanging over whether he will be available for Gareth Southgate.
England boast enormous depth at right-back. But with Kyle Walker also currently sidelined, there is the potential for another player to receive a big opportunity.
Jordan would start Kieran Trippier at right-back over Ben White
Certainly, for many Arsenal fans, White should get the nod. The 25-year-old has been absolutely outstanding in the new role this season, largely keeping Takehiro Tomiyasu out of the side.
White can obviously also play at centre-back – a position where the Three Lions lack world-class options.
One viewer put it to Jordan that they would take White to the World Cup and start him if James misses out. However, the former Crystal Palace chairman insisted that Trippier is the standout candidate.
“I think you play Kieran Trippier. I think Kieran Trippier at this moment is the form guy. He’s playing for a very confident Newcastle side. I think he’s done wonderfully well since he came back from Spain,” he told talkSPORT.
“I made observations about him coming back, his motivation. And I stand by them. If Newcastle didn’t have the money to give him a decent contract and a longer contract than he was on, he possibly wouldn’t have seen the vision. But I think he’s been outstanding so I don’t think you need to look much further than Kieran Trippier.”
Trippier has proved to be a game-changing signing for Newcastle. Of course, the Magpies had all kinds of riches following their takeover last year.
But heading into the January transfer window, it looked entirely possible that they would fall into the Championship. So it was always going to be a gamble for whichever marquee names came in.
Trippier certainly took a risk leaving Atletico Madrid for Tyneside. And as Jordan notes, his decision to make the move came under scrutiny.
But Newcastle are now a completely different side. And Trippier’s decision to become the first player to make that move clearly had a huge impact.