Wan-bissaka ruled out by back injury
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.