Arsenal Icon Keown Backing Chris Smalling For England’s First Choice Central Defender

Reports are out claiming that Martin Keown is backing Chris Smalling to become England’s first choice central defender.

Chris Smalling

Smalling has enjoyed a brilliant start to the current campaign with Manchester United and the defender also put in a solid performance for the England national team during the 2-0 victory over Switzerland in the European Championship qualifiers on Tuesday night.

Former England defender Keown is a big fan of Smalling’s abilities and following another fine display from the 25-year-old, the ex-Arsenal star is now backing the Red Devils man to stake his claim as the Three Lions’ main central defender.

Keown wrote for the Daily Mail: “Another Manchester United defender shone on Tuesday night too. Chris Smalling is cementing himself as Roy Hodgson’s first-choice centre back.

“England have needed someone to step up since the retirements of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand and the 25-year-old looks to be that man. He was composed all game, snuffing out Switzerland’s attacks with ease.”

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