Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Conor Coady is reportedly set to start for England in the first of their World Cup qualifying games tonight.
The Three Lions take on San Marino at Wembley, and nothing less than a convincing win and performance will be acceptable against the nation ranked 210th (dead last) in the world.
England last played San Marino back in 2016, and beat the minnows 5-0 and 6-0 in their group games before Euro 2016.
According to the Mirror, there will be a start tonight for Coady and if true, the 28-year-old will earn his third international cap.
The report claims Gareth Southgate will use the Wolves skipper in a back four next to John Stones, who has been in tremendous form for Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Wolves fans know that Coady in a back four has spelled trouble this season.
The ace is a midfielder by trade, and has struggled to look convincing when having only one other player alongside him.
If the Mirror’s claim is correct, tonight is a good opportunity for Coady to get more familiar with playing in a more traditional backline.
It’s likely he will not really be tested given the level of opponent, but he can still get more of a feel for the system.
On social media, Wolves fans were obviously pleased for Coady, but some have questioned Southgate’s reported back four plan:
El Capitano https://t.co/ni9A3MKitE
— Adama (@WolvesNumber37) March 24, 2021
— 👨💻 (@fatmanistalking) March 24, 2021
Happy for him, but Southgate hasn’t got a clue really https://t.co/d0KhuCMgT6
— 👤 (@fvilz) March 24, 2021
The manager of our nation does not even know the strengths and weaknesses of the players https://t.co/7i9S4BKSGN
— hayden🐺 (@haydenbd_) March 24, 2021
Does Southgate not watch Wolves? Clearly he doesnt work in a back 4 but experimenting against a weak side is fair
— Naasif🏴🇲🇺 (@WWFCNK) March 24, 2021
Fair play, besides Stones no other CB is locked on imo. Maguire has been average this season, Keane isn’t as comfortable on the ball, no Gomez. Mings is the only other 1 with a genuine shout. I suspect this however is a lot to do with Coadys ability to find a pass
— Jas Grewal (@JasGrewal242) March 25, 2021
My captain and well deserved to have a place in any part of the defence he will give his all like he does for us week in week out 👏👏💛🖤🐺🐺
— cedric (@Simon92378986) March 25, 2021
it’s not like he’s gonna have much defending to do let’s face it
— 🇿🇦 (@WWFC_Adam) March 25, 2021