England injuries to force Southgate to recall player for first time in two years

England's increasing number of defensive injury woes has given boss Gareth Southgate no choice but to recall a player he hasn't used for two years for the looming World Cup.

The Three Lions are facing a right-back crisis following the injuries to first-team options Kyle Walker and Reece James. And their health issues have opened the door for Liverpool ace Joe Gomez's shock return to the squad.

Manchester City ace Walker is a serious doubt for the ensuing Qatar spectacle after going off injured in the Cityzens' 6-3 demolition of Manchester United in early October. While James is almost certain to miss the World Cup following his physical ailment that saw him hobble of the pitch in Chelsea's 2-0 win over AC Milan in the Champions League.

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Upon closer inspection, it's been revealed that James will need surgery – ruling him out of the competition that begins on November 20. His omission from the England setup, along with Walker's, has left Southgate with limited options on the right side of his defence.

The void at the back was expected to be filled by Liverpool ace Trent Alexander-Arnold, or Newcastle star Kieran Trippier. But The Sun claim Trent's Reds team-mate Gomez will also be in contention for the spot when Southgate names his 26-man squad on Thursday.

Gomez hasn't played for Three Lions since picking up serious knee injury whilst training on international duty a few years ago. But the versatile defender who can also play as a centre-back is on Southgate's radar once gain following a string of robust displays for Liverpool this season.

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The 25-year-old played a key role in Jurgen Klopp's sides 1-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday, and Southgate's assistant Steve Holland was at Anfield to witness Gomez's defensive masterclass that kept the usually rampant Erling Haaland at bay.

And even if Southgate decides to use either Trent or Trippier on the right, Gomez could take Harry Maguire's place at the heart of England's defence. Fans were adamant that should be the case after witnessing Gomez's heroics against the reigning Premier League Champions, while Maguire's struggled to fit into Erik ten Hag's Manchester United setup in the current campaign.


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