Liverpool secured a place in the final of the Carabao Cup after beating Fulham 3-2 on aggregate following a 1-1 draw with the London club at Craven Cottage on Wednesday, and Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker have singled Joe Gomez out for praises.
The 26-year-old featured at left-back against Fulham but has also played at right-back and in central defence this term, with 29 games across all competitions under his belt so far.
Shearer has been impressed with the consistency of the Liverpool star in recent months, and Lineker believes he has what it takes to make the England squad for the European Championship this summer.
“You know the biggest improvement for me is that I always felt there was a huge error in him,” Shearer said on the latest edition of the Rest is Football Podcast.
“But certainly, in recent games, he’s been outstanding, and he was again in that game. I thought everything he did, he was reliable. I thought his pace was able to get Liverpool out of trouble at times, and he defended really really well. He was impressive again last night.”
Lineker agreed and he asked Micah Richards whether Gomez could force his way into the England squad.
“Given his versatility looking ahead to the Euros, obviously if he sustains this kind of form for the rest of the season, he could be a really good and valuable addition to Gareth Southgate’s England squad couldn’t he?,” the BBC presenter asked.
“Because he can play any of the positions probably across the back-four.”
Gomez last played for England in 2020 and will have to keep up his current level of performance to have any chance of forcing his way into the Euros squad.
The Liverpool star has the qualities and versatility required to play for the Three Lions, but the country is well-stocked at the back and Southgate will need to be blown away for Gomez to earn a call-up anytime soon.
While he is a top defender, his lack of top-notch attacking qualities may not do his chances of going to the Euros any good.
Gomez is yet to score for both club and country since turning pro and has weighed in with just three assists this term.
The Liverpool man is not the best crosser of the ball there is, and while his dribbling, tackling and passing are impressive, a place in the national team may continue to elude him given the qualities other English defenders bring to the table in the attacking third.
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