Man Utd defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s stance on England amid DR Congo chase
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Aaron Wan-Bissaka is determined to force his way into England’s set up under Gareth Southgate despite serious interest from DR Congo. The Manchester United defender is yet to make a first team appearance for the senior Three Lions side.
The right-back has impressed in the Premier League over the past two seasons, first breaking through with Crystal Palace before sealing a mega-money move to United last summer.
Wan-Bissaka’s tackling, and timing in the slide tackle in particular, have been praised. Though the 23-year-old’s attacking game still remains a work in progress – with just one assist so far this season – he has shown glimpses with good crosses for Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
The issue for the defender, though, is that the right-back position is saturated for England. Reece James, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker can all play the role, although the final name has often been used as a central defender in a back three.
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Wan-Bissaka did receive his first senior call up for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kosovo and Bulgaria last August but was forced to withdraw through injury.
It means Wan-Bissaka’s only England playing time comes in the form of two U20 and three U21 appearances.
As such DR Congo have been in touch with the United star to persuade him to pledge his international allegiance to them.
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Wan-Bissaka was born in New Addinton, Croydon, but is of DR Congo descent and represented the country for their Under-20 team in 2015, funnily enough, against England.
However, The Times say that despite these overtures and his lack of playing team for England, Wan-Bissaka remains determined to play for the Three Lions.
Upon joining United Wan-Bissaka opened up on his journey to becoming a right back after initially starting out as a forward.
“I think it started with a formation really, you know with wing-backs, and I was playing on the wing back then but we had to play with wing-backs so that is how I got used to it and got the feel of it,” he told ManUtd.com.
“From that I enjoyed it and that is how it really all got started.”
“I started out as a striker,” he added. “Growing up, I used to look at Thierry Henry and I just really wanted to do stuff that he did in the Premier League. That encouraged me to push on and try to make things happen.”
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