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Gareth Southgate eyeing Max Kilman for England

Gareth Southgate is reportedly looking at calling Wolves defender Max Kilman into his England squad.

The Athletic report today that the Three Lions boss has the 24-year-old on his radar, after a string of impressive performances this season.

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Kilman has arguably been Wolves’ standout player so far this season.

He has rarely put a foot wrong operating on the right of a three-man defence.

He has made big contributions to Wolves having the fourth-best defensive record in the division. And Bruno Lage clearly regards him very highly, playing him every single minute of every game so far.

Some Wolves fans were not happy recently when Southgate overlooked Kilman for his last squad.

Many felt he deserved to be in given his form. Just before Southgate named his squad, he actually watched Kilman in action against Everton.

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It wasn’t to be that time for the former Maidenhead United man, but it seems he has now at least caught the attention of Southgate.

Kilman had looked set to play for Ukraine and had actually been called up by Andriy Shevchencko. Apparently, Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko had even phoned Kilman to persuade him to change his allegiance.

But as a former England futsal player, Kilman cannot actually turn out for them.

It’s about time Max Kilman got an England chance

This is welcome news.

Kilman really ought to have been a feature in the last squad, along with his Molineux teammate Conor Coady.

He has been absolutely brilliant so far, and undoubtedly been in better form than the likes of Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings.

Kilman needs to ensure consistency now.

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He is finally on Southgate’s radar, and he needs to keep performing to earn that elusive call-up.

The next international break comes in March so a lot can happen between now and then.

But right now Kilman looks some player – hopefully he can continue to build.

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