England's right-back options - ranked

Jamie Spencer
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Reece James is considered by many to be England's best option
Reece James is considered by many to be England's best option / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
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England's incredible depth at right-back is no secret, evidenced by Gareth Southgate's decision to select four right-backs in his initial squad for Euro 2020.

Incredibly, even with Southgate pushing the boat out for his favourite position, several players could still count themselves unlucky to have not made the 26-man selection.

The 2021/22 season saw even more right-backs burst onto the scene too, though only a select handful have forced their way into the squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

Here's how 90min ranks the current runners and riders.


10. Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Wan-Bissaka has scarcely played in recent months / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was once 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.

Despite this, in more recent times, his inability to improve his offensive game and his poor positioning have become increasingly difficult to ignore. Add into the mix that Diogo Dalot is clearly Manchester United’s first-choice right-back, England involvement doesn’t seem to be on the cards right now.


9. Tino Livramento

Tino Livramento in action for Southampton
Tino Livramento in action for Southampton / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Tino Livramento was one of the breakout stars of the 2021/22 Premier League season.

Zooming up and down the right side for Southampton, he has made that starting XI berth his own since arriving on the south coast. Still so young, it may be some time before he gets a senior call-up but one thing's for sure, it's definitely happening.

An injury has hindered him in 2022/23 but he could race up the list if he settles back into his previous form.


8. James Justin

James Justin
Justin was a favourite of Southgate's / Michael Regan/GettyImages

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 the 2019/20 season, starting every game of ‘Project Restart’.

He really pushed on after that, filling the void left by Ben Chilwell's departure to Chelsea seamlessly.

Just as he was about to force his way into Southgate's plans though, he suffered a heartbreaking ACL injury. He won't play again in the 2022/23 season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. The poor guy can't catch a break.


7. Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson
Johnson is a regular in West Ham's defence / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

Displacing the ever-present Vladimir Coufal in the West Ham side was mightily impressive from Ben Johnson. He’s improving in a very gradual manner and a few injuries could see him get some games for England in the near future.


6. Ben White

Benjamin White
White has a new role at Arsenal / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

If Southgate is persisting with wing-backs, then Ben White belongs in the centre-back conversation. If not, then his performances cannot be overlooked for right-back.

The former Brighton defender hasn't missed a beat in his new role for high-flying Arsenal and while he missed the September internationals, he's always been on Southgate's radar and featured at right-back for the Three Lions earlier this year.


5. Kyle Walker-Peters

Kyle Walker-Peters
Walker-Peters has proven a smart signing for Saints / Robin Jones/GettyImages

Thanks to the emergence of Livramento, Kyle Walker-Peters was used on the left-hand side quite a bit for Southampton last season.

Before that he made his name as a right-back, and despite some defensive shortcomings, his explosiveness and attacking have seen him become one of Saints' key players. He was handed his first senior cap by Southgate in the March internationals.


4. Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold in action during the Merseyside derby
Question marks remain over Trent Alexander-Arnold's positional awareness / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best attacking right-back England have at their disposal.

Defensively, Alexander-Arnold still has some things to learn and room to improve (to put it lightly), but he puts up astounding attacking numbers. He could be game-changing for England as a wing-back flanking a back three.


3. Kieran Trippier

Kieran Trippier
Trippier's back / George Wood/GettyImages

Kieran Trippier has some of the best delivery and set-piece ability of any active English player.

His transfer to Atletico Madrid was a surprising one - well, not for some of his mates actually - but it takes a strong character with drive to be a regular starter in a Diego Simeone team and he managed that.

Trippier has looked as impressive as ever back in the Premier League with Newcastle, and brings experience and versatility to Southgate's squad at international level.


2. Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker launches into a sprint for Manchester City
Kyle Walker remains one of the best England have / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Despite a brief absence from the England squad a while back and even though he is 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.

He has made the 2022 World Cup squad despite an injury scare.


1. Reece James

Reece James is a great all-rounder
Reece James is a great all-rounder / Clive Mason/GettyImages

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

The Chelsea star has taken his game to the next level as a full-back, wing-back and even as an auxiliary centre-back, with his momentum only being curtailed by some frustrating injuries.

He has a huge future ahead of him in the international setup and looks to be Southgate's current first-choice option. His injury means he won’t be at the World Cup, but he seems to be the leading right-back now generally speaking.


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