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14.03.2019 14:08

Roy Hodgson: Aaron Wan-Bissaka has time on his side

Roy Hodgson admits he did not raise an eyebrow when Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka did not make the latest England squad.

The right-back's fine form had taken him into contention for selection for the coming fixtures with the Czech Republic and Montenegro, but for a position in which England have numerous options he was overlooked in favour of Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

At his squad unveiling Gareth Southgate said Wan-Bissaka is “playing very well, and really pushing to be in”, but while an international future with the Democratic Republic of Congo remains a possibility Hodgson, the England manager from 2012 to 2016, has reminded him time is on his side.

“My eyebrows weren't raised - I don't see why they should be,” said the Palace manager, 71. "He is picked for the England Under-21s which in itself is a very, very big honour.

"It is good to know that, reading Gareth's comments, he is obviously aware of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and what he can do.

"I don't think Aaron, myself or anyone at the club should start jumping onto media speculation regarding the player. It is up to him to keep playing well.

"We believe in him. We believe he has a very, very good future at the age of 21. At that age, you have got an awful lot of football and an awful lot of time to play for England in the future.

“It has no effect on us whatsoever,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA