Aaron Wan-Bissaka expected to turn down DR Congo call to fight for England place

Aaron Wan-Bissaka expected to turn down DR Congo call to fight for England place

The latest word stemming from the media on Thursday suggests that Aaron Wan-Bissaka remains fully committed to regaining a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England setup.

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Much of the post-match chatter on the back of Manchester United’s victory over PSG on Tuesday night surrounded the performances of the club’s back-6.

The likes of David de Gea, Alex Telles and particularly Axel Tuanzebe all excelled in guiding the Red Devils to a surprise 2-1 victory in the French capital.

None, though, impressed more than Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The former Crystal Palace man, who had endured a difficult opening to the campaign, hardly put a foot wrong all night, keeping the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in check, and covering superbly for his centre-halves.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka expected to turn down DR Congo call to fight for England place

Manchester United’s English Forward Marcus Rashford (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League Group H first-leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on October 20, 2020. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

As such, over the days since, it has come as little surprise to see the right-back dilemma facing England boss Gareth Southgate come to the fore once more.

The English national side are currently awash with quality options to fill the berth on the right side of the country’s backline, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker to choose from.

Wan-Bissaka’s performance at the Parc des Princes, though, has since seen many suggest that, when it comes to out-and-out defensive ability, the 22-year-old stands head and shoulders above the competition.

‘Focused’

As things stand, however, Wan-Bissaka has not yet officially committed his future to the Three Lions.

The stopper’s only senior England call-up to date came in August of last year, with Wan-Bissaka having failed to take to the pitch for Southgate’s men, after being forced to withdraw from the squad with an injury problem.

As such, he could technically still switch allegiances to the Democratic Republic of Congo, whom the United star previously lined out for at youth level.

As outlined above, however, if the latest word doing the rounds in the media on Thursday is to be believed, then Wan-Bissaka has absolutely no intention of doing so.

According to the reliable Mike McGrath of the Telegraph, the south London native is fully focused on regaining a place in Gareth Southgate’s England setup.

Wan-Bissaka is said to be eager to line out for the Three Lions at next summer’s European Championships, and will therefore turn down any and all advances on the part of DR Congo for the time being.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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