EXCLUSIVE: Problem position could see Brighton star given England call and new contract

Date published: Saturday 31st October 2020 12:27 - Matthew Briggs

Solly March TEAMtalk

Brighton & Hove Albion star Solly March could be in line for an England call-up after impressing Gareth Southgate in the opening weeks of the Premier League season, according to TEAMtalk sources.

The 26-year-old midfielder has found a home at left wing-back under Graham Potter and he has not looked out of place, with his excellent counter attacks.

Now Southgate, who is desperately short of options on the left, is seriously looking at March.

The England boss had to use the likes of Kieran Trippier and Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the left recently.

Now Southgate is considering bringing March, who has been capped at U20 and U21 level, in for the forthcoming games with Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.

The England boss is expected to name a slightly bigger than normal squad to make sure they have cover for all three games so as well as recalling Luke Shaw, but he is looking at the Brighton man too.

With the fact that March is now under England consideration, we also understand that Brighton are set to offer him a new deal. His current contract has less than two years left to run.




The club had been ready to sell earlier in the year, with the likes of Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle and RB Leipzig showing an interest, but now he is set to be offered the chance of a big extension.

Phillips says White was ‘gutted’

Meanwhile, Leeds star Kalvin Phillips says Ben White felt “gutted” when his chance to play in the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa fell through in the summer.

The central defender was a standout star for the Elland Road outfit as they secured promotion to the top-flight. He played all 46 games as Leeds kept 22 clean sheets and stormed to the title.

His displays prompted Leeds to try and make his loan deal from Brighton a permanent one. Three bids were made according to Sky Sports, with Leeds going as high as £25million.

But Brighton had clearly been monitoring his progress closely too and rejected each one.

White has now been given his chance at the Seagulls since the move fell through. He’s played in all six of their Premier League games.

However, before his role as a regular starter at the Amex was known, Phillips said his former team-mate was keen to stay with Leeds. The

England midfielder Phillips told Leeds That podcast: “Obviously he was gutted at the time when he didn’t sign.


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