Gareth Southgate was at Molineux at the weekend to watch Wolverhampton Wanderers against Tottenham Hotspur, and the England head coach will have surely been impressed with Max Kilman’s performance in the Premier League game.
Despite being on the losing side, the Wolves defender had a commanding performance both on and off the ball.
His display led to a plethora of positive reactions from Wolves fans.
On top of impressing his own supporters, Kilman may have forced himself into the reckoning for future England camps.
At the end of the month, Southgate will confirm the Three Lions’ next squad.
Below is a case to call-up the Wolves centre-half:
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Following England’s excellent campaign in the European Championship, Southgate may select an identical squad.
However, the national team coach has consistently stated that he wants to look forward and prioritises form over past achievements.
This will bode well for Kilman, who has made a sensational start to the season.
It is likely he would have to displace his teammate Conor Coady, Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings or Arsenal’s new-signing Ben White.
Compared to those three players since the start of this season, Kilman has tackled the most dribblers, completed the most interceptions and has won all of his aerial duals, according to FBRef.
He has also carried the ball further forwards than any of them and has completed the most pressures on opposition players.
These stats should bode well for Southgate and the young centre-back is surely on his radar.
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Besides his huge promise, England may be wise to select Kilman soon due to his possible eligibility to represent Ukraine.
Although Kilman is born in England, his mother is Ukranian and therefore he may be eligible to represent the European nation.
Additionally, Kilman has expressed an interest in representing the Blue and Yellow and previously held talks with ex-boss Andriy Shevchenko.
At the time FIFA deemed Kilman ineligible to represent them, but these decisions are commonly subject to appeal.
If Kilman receives a call-up to the Three Lions squad it would not only possibly tie his international future to England but it would merit his excellent start to the season.