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Gibson has had a very good year in the Championship and I'm sure he'll be able to make the step up to the Premier League as he has the brain, strenght and speed to do so. He isn't very good on the ball but at least he doesn't try to play football in dangerous areas. There seems to have been a bit of an media orgy at the moment over ball playing CB's, with John Stones the meat in the middle of that sandwich, so the defensively solid defenders seem to get overlooked. I suppose that now that Gibson can't be labelled a "Championship defender" it will be less controversial for Hodgson to select him.

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On the ball Gibson isn't good enough yet. But with a manager like Karanka, you can tell his defensive game aswell as Ayala has improved no end.

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If he performs well in the Prem I can't see him being a long way off the English setup. It's not like you are blessed with high quality defenders like just a few years ago. Stones, Jagielka, Cahill, Smalling and the fringe players like Shawcross is who he has to compete with (who else?). And if Hodgson really wants a left fóoted player Gibson has a big advantage. Unless he falls through next season I'm sure he will be included in the england squad at some point.

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If he performs well in the Prem I can't see him being a long way off the English setup. It's not like you are blessed with high quality defenders like just a few years ago. Stones, Jagielka, Cahill, Smalling and the fringe players like Shawcross is who he has to compete with (who else?). And if Hodgson really wants a left fóoted player Gibson has a big advantage. Unless he falls through next season I'm sure he will be included in the england squad at some point.

 

Absolutely, I've said a couple of times on here that I believe Gibson is a better out and out defender than John Stones. Stones has more potential but needs a coach/manager that can take him back to the basics in terms of defending, not Roberto Martinez who praises everything that moves. Jagielka is on his way out, hence why he was included for this summer, so I think with a good season in the Prem Gibson will get a call up sooner rather than later.

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i know it was said slightly tongue in cheek on the eiro thread that maybe Gibson should be in the squad and possibly with our bias. 

 

BUT WHY NOT.... apparantly bemoaning the lack odf a left footed central defender.  Ive watched Stones several times and he can be everything all in one performance from cultured to comical . Cahill will always have a tendency to be rash now and then even though hes  reasonably solid otherwise,  Jagielka has looked sluggish this last season but is still consideered a top candidate for squad choices  and Smalling .....is it cos hes playing for manyoo that he gets hyped up so much  hes so error strewn its  farcicle that he gets to be pretty much the first fdefender written on the team sheet.

So yeah.......Why not Ben Gibson.

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i know it was said slightly tongue in cheek on the eiro thread that maybe Gibson should be in the squad and possibly with our bias. 

 

BUT WHY NOT.... apparantly bemoaning the lack odf a left footed central defender.  Ive watched Stones several times and he can be everything all in one performance from cultured to comical . Cahill will always have a tendency to be rash now and then even though hes  reasonably solid otherwise,  Jagielka has looked sluggish this last season but is still consideered a top candidate for squad choices  and Smalling .....is it cos hes playing for manyoo that he gets hyped up so much  hes so error strewn its  farcicle that he gets to be pretty much the first fdefender written on the team sheet.

So yeah.......Why not Ben Gibson.

 

To be fair Smalling's been pretty awesome in a tight Man U defence this season. Especially considering he's had Daley Blind as his CB partner for a good period of time!

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Smalling is the only one who really deserves to be there in the squad. And Dier if you count him in that position too.

 

I like Daley Blind but he does not feel like a centre back to me. More of a midfielder. I've always thought they've been getting Rojo and Blind the wrong way round.

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i know it was said slightly tongue in cheek on the eiro thread that maybe Gibson should be in the squad and possibly with our bias. 

 

BUT WHY NOT.... apparantly bemoaning the lack odf a left footed central defender.  Ive watched Stones several times and he can be everything all in one performance from cultured to comical . Cahill will always have a tendency to be rash now and then even though hes  reasonably solid otherwise,  Jagielka has looked sluggish this last season but is still consideered a top candidate for squad choices  and Smalling .....is it cos hes playing for manyoo that he gets hyped up so much  hes so error strewn its  farcicle that he gets to be pretty much the first fdefender written on the team sheet.

So yeah.......Why not Ben Gibson.

 

To be fair Smalling's been pretty awesome in a tight Man U defence this season. Especially considering he's had Daley Blind as his CB partner for a good period of time!

 

Smalling has been outstanding this season. First name on the team sheet at centre half, no doubt.

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I don't see any reason why Ben Gibson can't get a call up if he has a decent season in the premier league. Caulker got a game or two and he is shocking, and considering any other English cb's, there's not much outstanding quality there.

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I wonder who the first call would be to if a CB got injured tomorrow?

I know Dier is there as extra CB cover aw well as midfield, but presumably if it happened early enough, Roy would call a replacement.

I'm not saying it would be Gibson, more likely Jagielka or Phil Jones, but I wonder how high on the list Ben actually is?

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Shawcross probably ahead of Gibson but he's not in the squad, nope. Smalling, Stones and Cahill are the officially recognised centre-backs with Dier more than capable of filling in that position if needs be.

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