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Wenger questions decision to play Walker at centre-back

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.

Wenger, who recently called time on his 22 years as Arsenal boss, has become the latest high profile pundit to state that he does not rate Walker in his new position.

“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.”

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Gabriel Campbell
Gabriel Campbell
3 years ago

Who gives a shit what Wenger thinks?