Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has questioned Gareth Southgate’s decision to play Manchester City defender Kyle Walker as a centre-back for England.
Walker is a right-back by trade, although he is currently being utilised as a right sided centre halve as part of the Three Lions 3-5-2 formation.
Southgate’s decision to play the 28-year-old former Spurs man out of position has been questioned by former players and pundits, with his lack of defensive nous being highlighted when he gave away a contentious penalty during England’s opening 2-1 victory over Tunisia.
“He’s not a real defender, and especially not a central defender,” he told beIN SPORT.
“He can be subject to defensive mistakes, which he would not pay for when he plays as a right-back.”
Wenger the went on to question why Spurs utility man Eric Dier has not been used as part of England’s back three, with the 68-year-old reckoning he would be better suited to the role.
“He can play in the middle of the defence and as a midfielder,” he said.
“I don’t know why he has not been used at all.”