Danny Murphy believes uncapped Fikayo Tomori should be one of England’s first-choice centre-backs after his stunning start for Chelsea this season.
The 21-year-old has not even played for the Three Lions’ senior side yet, but could make his debut this week in Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo.
Tomori has been hugely impressive for Chelsea this term, winning the trust of manager Frank Lampard and applause from supporters with his form and ability at the back.
The Canada-born defender was named Derby County’s player of the year last season during Lampard’s stint in charge of the Championship side, and he has enjoyed a seamless transition to the Premier League in a Blues shirt.
He has played a big part of the club’s resurgence this season – Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Saturday to make it six Premier League wins in a row, with Tomori playing 90 minutes in each one.
And Murphy believes the youngster should be rewarded with a starting place for England alongside Harry Maguire, saying he is a better option than the other centre-backs in the current squad.
Speaking on Drivetime, the former Liverpool and England midfielder said: “What do you look for in a centre-half?
“Can he defend? Yes. He’s quick enough, he’s decent in the air and he’s clever. Sometimes he steps in and tries to read the game or he drops off, he’s not predictable with his defending.
“Also, he’s a really good passer of the ball.
“I saw him live for the first time playing for Derby last year, I watched him twice. I said to Frank, ‘what a player he is’, and Frank said he’s a real talent.
“He’s just seamlessly transferred that form from the Championship to the Premier League, and at a time when Chelsea didn’t start the season well, he went into a team that was under pressure and it was no problem. He’s just adapted.
“He scored that wondergoal at Wolves as well, which shows he has technical ability.
“I would play him. I like him; he’s calm and he’s never on his backside.
“I’d play him with Maguire; you have to have someone consistent and steady in there and he’s been the best for England for a while.”