Wan-bis­saka ruled out by back in­jury

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport / Football - By Matt Law

Aaron Wan-bis­saka’s first Eng­land call-up has been cut short by a back in­jury, but Gareth South­gate, the Eng­land man­ager, will not ask Kyle Walker to join his squad.

South­gate has al­lowed right-back Wan-bis­saka to re­turn to Manch­ester United be­cause of an is­sue with his back that was as­sessed at St Ge­orge’s Park.

Wan-bis­saka was called up for the Euro 2020 qual­i­fiers against Bul­garia and Kosovo ahead of Manch­ester City’s Walker, fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive start to his United career. Walker was the sur­prise omis­sion from the squad, but he will not re­place Wan-bis­saka be­cause South­gate al­ready has two other right-backs – Trent Alexan­der-Arnold and Kieran Trip­pier – in his squad.

Mean­while, Eng­land goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford has claimed Marco Silva, the Ever­ton man­ager, has helped him to calm down.

Pick­ford had faced crit­i­cism for get­ting too pumped up for games, but a heart-to-heart with Silva has helped the 25-year-old to con­trol his emo­tions. “The ma­tu­rity side has al­ways been there,” said Pick­ford. “You get more ma­ture the more games you play. With the calm­ness, it’s more about play­ing out from the back and game-man­age­ment – but I’ll still be shout­ing.”

Pick­ford has es­tab­lished him­self as South­gate’s first-choice goal­keeper, but be­lieves there is com­pe­ti­tion for his place. Tom Heaton and Nick Pope are his un­der­stud­ies in this squad, while An­gus Gunn and Dean Hen­der­son are also push­ing for se­nior call-ups.

“I think it’s great for the goal­keep­ers’ union that there is that much com­pe­ti­tion,” said Pick­ford.

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