'When he's at it': TalkSPORT pundit claims £42m Tottenham player is good enough to start for England
Tottenham Hotspur fans would have been very pleased with their players contribution to England’s emphatic win over Iran.
In particular he was comparing Gareth Southgate’s men to Argentina’s squad.
Two second-half goals from Saudi Arabia earned the Green Falcons the greatest victory in their history.
It was a poor performance all round from the Argentina squad, with even Messi struggling to come away from the game with much credit.
Murphy was very critical of the Argentina squad, and didn’t think they matched up to England at all.
However, he admitted that Tottenham’s Cristian Romero might be good enough to play for England.
The £42m centre-back has been brilliant in the Premier League this season.
He missed the last four Premier League matches before the World Cup, but has returned in time for the World Cup.
Romero might not want to look at on his performance yesterday, as he didn’t cover himself in glory.
Romero is good enough for England – Murphy
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Murphy remarked: “I was looking at the Argentina team, and sometimes it’s easy to get drawn on the narrative of the press.
“They’re unbeaten in 35, they’ve got Messi, they must be one of the favourites.
“When I actually looked at the game, and I was going through the players, how many of those players get in our [England’s] team?
“Two? No more than three. You’d fit Messi in obviously.
“Maybe Romero would get in at centre-half when he’s at it, I know he’s been injured for Tottenham.”
The centre-back position was one of the most hotly discussed selection decisions for Southgate ahead of the tournament.
In the end, John Stones was partnered by Maguire as part of a back four.
They weren’t tested particularly often and looked very comfortable in possession.
However, it could be argued both defenders were at fault for one of Iran’s goals.
It’s hard to argue that an in-form Romero wouldn’t be good enough to play for England.
Spurs fans will hope his form for Argentina picks up before returning to Premier League action.
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