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Rico Henry has been a key part of Brentford’s rise in recent years, he now scores, passes and dribbles the top left corners of England and could be close to making a debut for Gareth Southgate’s side in the coming international spell
- England left-back Rico Henry has impressed for Brentford since he took office in 2016
- Thomas Frank has tipped the 25-year-old fullback for a debut in England
- Gareth Southgate is short of left-back and Luke Shaw is out of favor at United
- No English left-back had more open play crosses last season than Henry
Brentford last saw one of their players represent England in the late 1930s.
Could that long wait in style end with a double call? That will certainly be the hope, as it is not only in-form striker Ivan Toney who has improved his claims, but also left-back Rico Henry.
Bees manager Thomas Frank spoke of Henry’s credentials last season, saying: “He’s getting his England debut.
England left-back Rico Henry has impressed for Brentford since joining the club in 2016
“It is very difficult to get top players in the position that Rico plays. He needs to keep developing, but he’s lightning fast, his one-on-one defense is fantastic, he’s full of energy on the left and now he’s added goals to his resume. He’s an interesting left-back and I understand when England look at him.’
The continuation of Henry’s consistent high-level performances this season will not have changed Frank’s view of the 25-year-old’s prospects.
And Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate has indeed been able to take a look and form his own opinion of Henry attending a number of Brentford matches, including the recent draw against Everton, a match that featured a number of potential candidates for England.
Bees manager Thomas Frank has tipped the 25-year-old fullback for a debut in England
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Henry has made his way onto the radar, especially as position is a concern for England.
Of the most established members of Southgate’s setup, Luke Shaw has fallen in Manchester United’s pecking order, while Ben Chilwell is now back in action after missing most of last season with a serious knee injury.
It’s not unusual for Southgate to put right-backs like Kieran Trippier and even Reece James on the opposite flank to address his left-back dilemma.
Southgate has also reviewed Crystal Palace’s Tyrick Mitchell, calling up a versatile duo, Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters and Leicester’s James Justin, who have been operating as left-backs in recent times.
Gareth Southgate has little coverage at left back with Luke Shaw out of favor at United
At Brentford, as well as in other circles, there is a genuine belief that Henry has emerged as a more than credible and natural alternative to all the other options available to Southgate.
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The stats support that as Henry compares favorably in a number of offensive categories when lined up against his fellow England left-backs/wingbacks.
In addition, his one-on-one defense is one of the strongest parts of his game, with his speed and how difficult he makes it difficult for his opponents to escape him, comparing him to some of Kyle Walker’s best qualities. his idol Ashley Cole.
Henry is well used to the Cole comparisons and has now been billed as the new version of one of England’s greatest defenders since his teenage years at Walsall.
No English left-back had more goals or crosses from open play last season than Henry
That’s where Brentford took him on in 2016 and since then he has overcome a dislocated shoulder and a serious knee injury to become one of their key players.
After battling those setbacks, Henry now possesses a sturdiness, physically and mentally, that has helped him become a player reliable enough to perform week in, week out with regular football, then continue to develop .
In terms of starts, he was Brentford’s fourth most selected player in the Premier League last season.
Brentford is currently eighth in the Premier League and has racked up some impressive wins
And with Henry taking on every new challenge as he climbed from League One to the top flight, it was also regarded as his best ever season, at the highest level he has ever played against the strongest wingers he would have had on a consistent basis. base.
England would be next, but a Henry would understandably enjoy.
“Representing your country is everyone’s dream and you also want to do it on a big stage with the seniors,” he said in April. “Hopefully it will come in the future.”
Ivan Toney is another Brentford player who could be close to making his England debut
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