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England Right-Back Options - Ranked

Jamie Spencer
Kieran Trippier & Trent Alexander-Arnold are vying for an England place
Kieran Trippier & Trent Alexander-Arnold are vying for an England place / Michael Regan/Getty Images
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It has become apparent in recent weeks that England, a national team seemingly once devoid of genuine depth, has a lot of exciting choices at right-back – both for now and long-term.

Here’s a look at nine options Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has at his disposal…


9. Jayden Bogle (Sheffield United)

Jayden Bogle has moved from Derby to Sheffield United
Jayden Bogle has moved from Derby to Sheffield United / James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Having made his name in the Championship with Derby County, Jayden Bogle finally got his move to the Premier League during the 2020 summer transfer window, with Sheffield United snapping the talented youngster up.

The move hasn't exactly gone to plan however, as the Blades are literally one of the worst teams in the league's history, but at only 20 years of age, Bogle has plenty of time to develop and make his way into Southgate's plans.

8. James Justin (Leicester)

James Justin can play on the left or right
James Justin can play on the left or right / James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

James Justin is versatile enough to play at right-back and left-back, and got his chance in the Premier League towards the end of last season, starting every game of ‘Project Restart’.

22-year-old Justin kicked off the new campaign by registering an assist in Leicester’s opening day win over newly promoted West Brom, and impressed up until an unfortunate injury ruled him out for the rest of the season and the Euros.

Still, one to keep an eye on in the coming years.

7. Max Aarons (Norwich)

Max Aarons impressed in the Premier League for Norwich
Max Aarons impressed in the Premier League for Norwich / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Although relegated with Norwich, 20-year-old Max Aarons has a full season of Premier League experience to his name and impressed during an otherwise difficult campaign for the Canaries.

Before that, he had played almost every game as Norwich were promoted and, with his club on the verge of promotion once again, you can expect to see him lacing up his boots in the top division very soon.

6. Tariq Lamptey (Brighton)

Tariq Lamptey is starting games for Brighton
Tariq Lamptey is starting games for Brighton / Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Tariq Lamptey gambled on himself by moving away from boyhood club Chelsea at the age of 18 in January, but it paid off because the youngster has thrived since joining Brighton.

Lamptey, who is still only 20, burst onto the scene last season as a marauding, exciting right-back, however his sophomore campaign has been riddled with injuries.

5. Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)

Kieran Trippier is doing well for Atletico Madrid
Kieran Trippier is doing well for Atletico Madrid / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Kieran Trippier has some of the best ball delivery and set-piece ability of any active English player and thrived at the last World Cup as England’s chief right wing-back.

His transfer to Atletico Madrid last summer was a surprising one, but it takes a strong character with drive to be a regular starter in a Diego Simeone team and he has managed that.

4. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Man Utd)

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is an excellent one-on-one defender
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is an excellent one-on-one defender / Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is considered by many to be the best one-on-one defender in the Premier League, his long legs somehow capable of hooking the ball away from almost anybody.

With only 46 senior appearances to his name by the time of a £45m transfer to Manchester United last summer, his rise has been rather meteoric, while his attacking game is developing too.

3. Kyle Walker (Man City)

Kyle Walker is still a top right-back for Man City & England
Kyle Walker is still a top right-back for Man City & England / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Despite a brief absence from the England squad a while back and the only player on this list the wrong side of 30, it remains impossible to look beyond Kyle Walker as a leading right-back.

Walker has been a key player for one of the best club sides that English football has ever seen over the last three years and has the versatility to play as an auxiliary centre-back in a back three if needed too.

2. Reece James (Chelsea)

Reece James is staking a claim as a Chelsea starter
Reece James is staking a claim as a Chelsea starter / Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Reece James has become a favourite of Southgate's recently - and for good reason.

The Chelsea full-back has come on leaps and bounds this season, and due to his defensive acumen he may be a better option than TAA in a back four...

1. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Trent Alexander-Arnold is arguably the best right-back in the world
Trent Alexander-Arnold is arguably the best right-back in the world / Pool/Getty Images

Although not first choice for Gareth Southgate right now, there's no denying that Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best right-back England have at their disposal.

Defensively, Alexander-Arnold still has plenty to learn and room to improve, but he puts up incredible attacking numbers. He could be sensational for England as a wing-back flanking a back three.


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