Southgate considering Adam Webster for his next England squad

England boss Gareth Southgate considering calling Brighton defender Adam Webster up for his next squad in March after receiving rave reviews over the 27-year-old’s performances

  • Adam Webster scored for Brighton as they held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw this week
  • Jamie Carragher hailed Webster’s ability to play the ball out from the back
  • Gareth Southgate is planning his next squad for two friendlies in March 

England boss Gareth Southgate has received rave reviews about Brighton defender Adam Webster ahead of March’s internationals.

Having missed part of the season through injury, central defender Webster has been in excellent form for the Seagulls in recent weeks and produced a man of the match display against Chelsea on Tuesday night to add to his growing reputation.

And Sportsmail understands that Southgate has been alerted to the 27-year-old’s performances in recent weeks as the England boss starts to think about his options for his team’s two friendly matches in March.

Adam Webster has caught Gareth Southgate’s eye with his recent displays for Brighton

Webster scored as Brighton held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Tuesday

Southgate’s assistant Steve Holland is a regular at Brighton, and won’t have failed to be impressed by Webster’s recent displays.

Indeed, former England star and TV pundit Jamie Carragher said on Twitter after the draw against Chelsea: ‘Webster’s passing out from the back, with both feet is better than any other English central defender.’ And Webster is set to come into consideration for a place in March’s games, one of which will be against Switzerland.

England’s scouting network will continue to keep tabs on Webster in the coming weeks but he is now firmly on Southgate’s radar.

Webster’s adaptability in playing anywhere across a back three or in either centre-back positions in back four will also be of interest to Southgate, who is known to switch between systems.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was effusive in his praise of Webster this week

Southgate is considering calling Webster up to his nect England squad in March

But it is Webster ball-playing ability that will capture Southgate’s attention the most.

Southgate has a wealth of central defensive options at his disposal with the likes of Harry Maguire, John Stones, Tyrone Mings, Conor Coady and Ben White already in the England boss’ plans.

The fact Webster played for England at Under-18 and 19 level will bode in his favour as he tries to break into the senior squad for the first time.

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