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However, the one issue that the ex-Middlesbrough boss has to deal with is that 80% of that talent inexplicably plays at right-back.
It is truly a golden age for the right-footed full-back in England, with even just over on the other side of the pitch the Three Lions stuck with a straight choice between Manchester United's Luke Shaw and Chelsea's Ben Chilwell.
However, how do England's riches match up against the rest of the world? There are some pretty nifty right-backs in the Premier League and across Europe, so how many of the English cohort would really make it in.
Well, this top ten finds out, using only the most scientific method available - guesswork from SportBible writers.
Chelsea's Reece James sneaks in at no. 10, after continuing as a key part of the Blues side under new manager Thomas Tuchel. Next up is fellow Premier League ace Ricardo Pereira, who has been flying down the right as Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool look to upset the top six apple cart.
Reece James' assist for England! (2-0)
:flag_black::fire: #ENGSMR pic.twitter.com/1aKlM93nNb
- LDN (@LDNFootbalI) March 25, 2021
Somehow still uncapped by England, possibly as Southgate has forgotten his phone number and his too embarrassed to ask again, is Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka at no. 8.
We finally escape from the Premier League at no. 7, with Inter Milan's Achraf Hakimi. Hakimi spent the last two years on loan at Borussia Dortmund impressing at full-back before being sold by Real Madrid to Inter Milan.
A Real Madrid return! :eyes:
Sold by Los Blancos in the summer, Achraf Hakimi has a point to prove...
The Morocco wing-back came into his own during a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund :black_circle:pic.twitter.com/8ktzuhCE96
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 3, 2020
Antonio Conte has given him a few chances further forward in midfield, and it would appear that Hakimi is excellent wherever he plays as he helps the Nerazzurri in their effort to end Juventus' domination of Serie A.
We're back in the Prem now though, with Kyle Walker. Walker has shown that he can also play at centre-back, but it's on the wing where he seems most at home.
Kieran Trippier vs Croatia
Wednesday 11 July 2018
World Cup 2018 Semi Final
England 1-2 Croatia (aet) (Moscow, Russia) pic.twitter.com/BNEMXSUi5F
- England Goals (@ThreeLionsGoals) January 1, 2019
The man who almost fired England to the World Cup final, Kieran Trippier arrives at no. 5. At one time outcast at Tottenham, Trippier has found his form and appreciation from manager Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.
Benjamin Pavard slips in at no.4. Also remembered for a goal at the 2018 World Cup, it turns out the Frenchman can do more than just volley as he takes over from Joshua Kimmich at right-back for Bayern Munich.
This beauty from Benjamin Pavard was chosen as the best goal of the #WorldCup!
It's easy to see why... :heart_eyes: pic.twitter.com/Tfep9wrTeb
- Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) July 25, 2018
Dani Carvajal. It takes quite a lot to stay a regular for Real Madrid for almost eight years, and he probably gets undeservedly forgotten at times with all the world-class talent at the Bernabeu.
Finally we come to the top two. Just pipped to the post is Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold. Not fancied by Southgate for the national team, you can't really argue that the 22-year-old isn't still one of the best players in club football despite his current form.
Let's watch that Trent Alexander-Arnold free kick again, shall we? pic.twitter.com/jlACylKlWu
- Goal (@goal) June 25, 2020
That means, in first place and taking the non-existent trophy home is the second Manchester City player to appear, Joao Cancelo. Able to play on both the right and the left, Cancelo has become vital to how Pep Guardiola has his team playing these days - which makes him pretty good as they walk away with the Premier League title.
What do you think? Is there someone missing? Check out the full top ten below.
10. Reece James, Chelsea
9. Ricardo Pereira, Leicester City
8. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Manchester United
7. Achraf Hakimi, Inter Milan
6. Kyle Walker, Manchester City
5. Kieran Trippier, Atletico Madrid
4. Benjamin Pavard, Bayern Munich
3. Dani Carvajal, Real Madrid
2. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool
1. Joao Cancelo, Manchester City
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