Carlo Ancelotti thinks Ben Godfrey should get an England call

Well, if Carlo Ancelotti thinks you are ‘very good’ then Gareth Southgate should really be taking notice.

Ben Godfrey signed for Everton earlier this season for around £20m, a big price for a defender relegated with Norwich City the previous season.

In fact, Godfrey was part of a Norwich backline with other very highly-rated players – Jamal Lewis went to Newcastle United and Max Aarons was being linked with many Premier League sides as well as the likes of Barcelona, according to the pundits over at

It must have been the other defender’s fault that Norwich shipped so many goals!

Since moving to Goodison Park, Godfrey has played across each of the back four/five positions whilst still being very much a central defender.

He initially provided cover for both Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne in the full-back positions and has got minutes in the middle as well.

The Italian manager has been happy with his new signing and said in his press conference;

“If Gareth is watching Ben Godfrey then he is right. Gareth doesn’t need advice from me but to see and watch Ben Godfrey at this moment, in this period, is a pleasure for any manager. He has surprised me because I didn’t know him so well [when he signed]. He was a signing from the club, from our scouts, and he has been really good. He has been able to adapt very quickly to different positions.”

Ancelotti has a point given that it is hard to call exactly what defence Southgate could choose for the European Championships.

Harry Maguire’s form has been patchy, despite Manchester United’s surge to the top of the table like a good best payout online casino.

John Stones has been exceptional for Manchester City since returning to the side, but how much of that is down to Ruben Dias and do England have someone like Dias to pair with Stones?

Everton teammate Michael Keane is playing well for the club too, but is yet to convince at international level.

Tyrone Mings is forming a solid partnership with his defenders at Aston Villa, but is he really international class yet?

Eric Dier is falling off a cliff at Spurs once again and surely is playing his way out of contention.

So much also comes down to whether Southgate wants to play with a four or a three or at the very least wants the flexibility to do both.

Therefore, someone who can play in different defensive positions like Godfrey has to be an interesting proposition.

We saw the benefit of Kyle Walker being able to play on the right-side of a back three in the 2018 World Cup so flexible defenders are very useful in a tournament.

That said, when you have a player like Declan Rice who could also play central defence, you could fall into the trap of having too many flexible players and not enough top talent in just one position.

Either way, Southgate appears to have the luxury of choice heading into the tournament.