Ornstein: Man City gem Rico Lewis is catching the eye of those within the England senior setup
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Ornstein: Man City gem Rico Lewis is catching the eye of those within the England senior setup

The Athletic’s David Ornstein has reported that Man City right-back Rico Lewis is catching the eye of those in the England set-up.

While the 18-year-old has impressed at first-team level, the fact that he has already been considered as a potential Three Lions representative speaks volumes of just how mature he already looks

Considering the fact that England have an array of brilliant right-backs at their disposal, one would have never expected Rico Lewis to be anywhere near the squad.

And yet, the Man City prodigy is.

Pep Guardiola is clearly a huge admirer of the teenage sensation, singling him out as the ‘Man of the Match’ against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup and tipping him to become City’s right-back for the next decade.

If one of the greatest managers of all time is a fan of a player, there is no questioning their talent.

Such is the case with Rico Lewis, who seems to be considered by the England higher-ups, despite the presences of Reece James, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier to name a few.

If that doesn’t sum up how special he is, what does?

Rico Lewis impressing those within England camp

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The Athletic’s David Ornstein has claimed that Rico Lewis has impressed those within the England senior setup, and could come into Gareth Southgate’s thinking for a potential call-up.

Whether the wonderkid gets selected in the upcoming camp in March still remains uncertain, due to the heated competition in the position.

Lewis offers something the other English right-backs do not

Look, this is not to suggest that both Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold, in particular cannot play in an inverted position.

But to the same level as Lewis? The answer is no, as much like Oleksandr Zinchenko in some ways, he is showing signs of being a master of this very role.

In all honesty, it would be a smart bet to make on the youngster potentially earning his first England cap in 2023.

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