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Wolves U23 boss Collins praises Kilman amid England talk

Max Kilman is being talked about as a potential England defender ahead of the next round of international fixtures next month.

England host Switzerland and the Ivory Coast at Wembley in March and Kilman’s outstanding form should have put him on Gareth Southgate’s radar.

Wolves’ Under 23 manager James Collins has said that Kilman is a great example to the club’s young players such as Luke Cundle, who made his first Premier League start in the 2-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday, speaking to the Athletic.

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“If you’ve got 30 first-team players who are internationals, getting an 18-year-old kid from Wolverhampton in isn’t easy,” Collins said.

“If you’ve got 20, it’s a bit easier. And then when that opportunity comes, if you take it you build the trust.

“Max is a great example. He’s had a long apprenticeship in the first team. His consistency of character and performance has gradually built that trust and I’m now reading talk of England squads. That’s a great credit to him.

“Two seasons ago, he played three games. That can be frustrating, but he bides his time, performed in training and is getting his rewards.”

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Having someone like Kilman in the side should act as inspiration for Cundle, especially in terms of being patient if he has to wait for opportunities.

It might get frustrating if he is on the fringes of the squad for a season or two but there should be a pathway into the first team eventually.

Kilman should be a good mentor for Cundle and also deserves huge credit for his performances this season, where he has really stepped up to the plate.