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Ex- England star Glen Johnson runs the rule over six right-backs looking to impress Gareth Southgate

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After another difficult international break, which ended in defeat by Denmark, questions linger over Gareth Southgate and his England team.

One area of uncertainty is at right back, where England have a glut of options, including a new crop shining for their clubs.

Kieran Trippier started the win over Wales before Trent Alexander-Arnold took over against Belgium.

Reece James then shone in defeat by Denmark, only to be sent off after the final whistle.

Here Glen Johnson, who won 54 caps as England’s right back, runs the rule over Southgate’s options.

Glen Johnson won 54 caps for England between 2003 and 2014 featuring at two World Cups

Glen Johnson won 54 caps for England between 2003 and 2014 featuring at two World Cups

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Clearly his strengths are on the ball, his set pieces and his delivery into the front men.

He’s the No 1 but if you’re being picky, his defending can let him down sometimes.

He’s a fantastic player, of course, but if he could sharpen anything up it would just be the defending.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is England's first choice right-back but needs to improve his defending

Trent Alexander-Arnold is England’s first choice right-back but needs to improve his defending

Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)

I like Kieran a lot. He’s probably a better defender than Trent, who is better on the ball and with his delivery. Sometimes in international football that can be vital – with corners, chances from free-kicks, it’s a fantastic asset to have.

It’s a shame for Kieran because two years ago he’d be the No 1 right back but it’s just typical that there are now a few of them knocking on the door.

Kieran Trippier's dead ball skills are of vital importance to England according to Johnson

Kieran Trippier’s dead ball skills are of vital importance to England according to Johnson

Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Another one that probably feels a bit unlucky that Trent is around. But I would have it in that order – Trent as No 1, Kieran No 2 and Kyle No 3.

Obviously his speed gets him out of a lot of trouble and he’s very good on the ball.

But again it’s probably his defending that has meant he’s slipped down the pecking order.

Kyle Walker has fallen out of favour at right-back but has featured in the team centrally

Kyle Walker has fallen out of favour at right-back but has featured in the team centrally

Reece James (Chelsea)

I’m a big fan, he has the lot – the build, size, he’s strong, aggressive, a good defender and he’s very good on the ball.

He also looks like one of those players who could probably slot in at centre half or holding midfield.

They’re the kind of players you need to take to tournaments because things happen. To have an attribute like that where you can change position is great.

Reece James' versatility across the defence and in midfield could make him vital for England

Reece James’ versatility across the defence and in midfield could make him vital for England

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United)

He’s probably the best defender out of all of them.

But he’s not the best on the ball compared to those guys and at international level you have to be good on the ball.

You can’t carry anyone and that’s the bit that slightly lets him down.

On the ball, Johnson has doubts over Aaron Wan-Bissaka who is only capped at Under 21 level

On the ball, Johnson has doubts over Aaron Wan-Bissaka who is only capped at Under 21 level

Tariq Lamptey (Brighton)

His rise has been great to see. He’s an electric player – small in size but he certainly gets up and down the park, he looks comfortable on the ball.

It’s very early days but he looks like he has a fantastic future.

If he keeps kicking on, and developing, he’ll hopefully carve out a great career.

Johnson has high hopes for the development of Brighton's Under 21 star Tariq Lamptey

Johnson has high hopes for the development of Brighton’s Under 21 star Tariq Lamptey

Glen Johnson was speaking to the MailOnline on behalf of William Hill for their #MyFootballDNA campaign. Find out your football dna at https://news.williamhill.com/football/my-football-dna/

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Manchester United ‘want Erling Haaland and still believe they can take Jadon Sancho’

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Manchester United have strongly retained their interest in signing Borussia Dortmund hitman Erling Haaland as well as his team-mate Jadon Sancho, according to reports. 

England forward Sancho was United’s top summer target and although a move did not materialise, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer instead signing free agent Edinson Cavani up front, United’s willingness to do a deal has not gone away. 

But it is United’s interest in Norwegian striker Haaland, who Solskjaer coached during his time at Molde, which has been renewed and the 20-year-old has a £68m release clause valid in the summer of 2022 written into his Dortmund contract, The Athletic reports. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains interested in a deal for both Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains interested in a deal for both Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains interested in a deal for both Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho

Sancho and Haaland linked up brilliantly again at the weekend for Borussia Dortmund

Sancho and Haaland linked up brilliantly again at the weekend for Borussia Dortmund

Sancho and Haaland linked up brilliantly again at the weekend for Borussia Dortmund 

The report details that though Solskjaer refused to meet Mino Raiola’s – Haaland’s agent – financial demands when the forward eventually moved from RB Salzburg to Dortmund in January, United’s long-term interest remains. 

The relationship between Haaland and Solskjaer is still thought to be strong, and United could pursue a move sooner than 2022 for a higher fee if his performances justify a steeper price tag. 

His agent Raiola has previously had run-ins in the past with Solskjaer and United, particularly over the long-term future of Paul Pogba. 

Meanwhile, despite the fact United refused to meet Dortmund’s £108m asking price for Sancho by their summer window deadline, striking a deal is still at the forefront of Ed Woodward’s mind in the near-future. 

In a pursuit which was reportedly given the codename ‘Project No 7’, even though Cavani has now taken the illustrious shirt number at Old Trafford, United are still keen to strike a deal for the 20-year-old ex-Manchester City youth-team player. 

Erling Haaland scored his fifth Bundesliga goal in five games with his strike against Schalke on Saturday

Erling Haaland scored his fifth Bundesliga goal in five games with his strike against Schalke on Saturday

Sancho neatly set up Haaland at the weekend though is yet to score in the German top-flight

Sancho neatly set up Haaland at the weekend though is yet to score in the German top-flight

A double United swoop for Haaland and Sancho could total in the region of £176million

Solskjaer retains a good relationship with Haaland despite Mino Raiola acting as his agent

Solskjaer retains a good relationship with Haaland despite Mino Raiola acting as his agent

Solskjaer retains a good relationship with Haaland despite Mino Raiola acting as his agent 

A deal for both Sancho and Haaland, with the potential fees on the table, could total as much as £176million. 

However, whether Dortmund decide to do business with United following the twists and turns of the Sancho saga this summer is another matter altogether. 

United also lost out to Dortmund in the signing of Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham, who has already been used regularly in the centre of the Germans’ midfield at the beginning of the new season. 

Haaland, meanwhile, scored his fifth Bundesliga goal in five games as Dortmund strolled to a 3-0 win over local rivals Schalke on Saturday.  

Sancho is yet to score in the German top-flight this season though he did set-up Haaland for his goal at the weekend, with the pair’s lethal partnership continuing to flourish.  

Last week, former United coach Rene Meulensteen claimed the Red Devils would have done better landing a legitimate No 9 in the summer, such as Haaland, rather than chasing an overpriced deal for Sancho. 

‘United need a real striker, a proper No 9, one like Erling Haaland,’ Meulensteen wrote in his column for Manchester United Supporters Club Scandinavia.  

Ex-Utd coach Rene Meulensteen believes United should have pursued Haaland in the summer

Ex-Utd coach Rene Meulensteen believes United should have pursued Haaland in the summer

Ex-Utd coach Rene Meulensteen believes United should have pursued Haaland in the summer

‘Just look at Bayern Munich about how important a striker is for them. Ask Tottenham or Leicester what a striker means. For me, it is strange that a striker has not been the main goal for United.

‘Marcus Rashford can play striker, but he is not a typical striker. Anthony Martial can provide goals, but he is no goal scorer.

‘Now Edinson Cavani has signed but I don’t think Manchester United should look for a 33-year-old on the last day of the transfer window.’

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Michael Chandler demands four-man tournament to crown UFC lightweight champ after Khabib retirement including McGregor

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UFC newbie Michael Chandler wants a four-man tournament to find a successor to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The sport was stunned at the weekend when Khabib announced his retirement after securing a stoppage win against Justin Gaethje.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov was emotional as he announced his retirement from UFCCredit: Getty Images – Getty

It meant the Russian defended his lightweight title, and extend his undefeated record in MMA to 29 fights.

But the Dagestani revealed after the victory that he had made a promise to his mother to call it quits just months after his father and trainer Abdulmanap died.

Now Chandler, the former Bellator star who was on standby if either of the main-eventers had to pull out at the weekend, wants a chance to succeed the great Khabib.

And he wants the legendary Conor McGregor in the mix too.

Speaking to BT Sport, the 34-year-old American said: “I’d love the opportunity to fight in a four-man tournament for that title.

“Conor [McGregor], [Dustin] Poirier, myself, [Tony] Ferguson. There’s some names that need to be fighting for a title, so let’s make it happen.

“Let’s be honest: I’m the new guy. I’m not going to come in here and say, ‘Hey guys I deserve a title shot.’ I’d love my name to be thrown into the mix.”

Khabib cemented his reputation as one of the world’s best with a second round submission win over Gaethje at UFC 254.

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Conor McGregor told Khabib that he will continue to fight in the lightweight division

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Conor McGregor told Khabib that he will continue to fight in the lightweight divisionCredit: Instagram / @thenotoriousmma
Khabib Nurmagomedov secured a stunning stoppage win against Justin Gaethje

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Khabib Nurmagomedov secured a stunning stoppage win against Justin GaethjeCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Despite UFC president Dana White admitting he ‘has no idea’ what the future holds, SunSport believes the four fighters mentioned by Chandler, plus Gaethje who is still interim champ, are the main contenders for Khabib’s crown.

After his stunning victory on Saturday night, Khabib broke down in tears as he remembered his father.

Abdulmanap died in July after complications having contracted coronavirus.

After the emotional win, the 29-0 superstar said: “Today, I want to say this is my last fight.

“When UFC called me about Justin, I spoke with my mother and I said I wouldn’t fight without father.

“And if I give my word, then I must follow it. UFC must make me No1 pound for pound fighter in the world, because I deserve it.”

And McGregor, despite his bitter rivaly with Khabib before and after his stoppage loss to the now-retired star, congratulated him on his performance while vowing to carry on the lightweight division.

He tweeted: “Good performance @TeamKhabib. I will carry on.

“Respect and condolences on your father again also. To you and family. Yours sincerely, The McGregors.”

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Khabib revealed he had promised his mother that he would retire from UFCCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Khabib retires as ‘truly the GOAT and best P4P UFC fighter’ according to Dana White in Conor McGregor and Jon Jones snub

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8.45am Man Utd news LIVE: Pogba in ‘France quit threat’, Van de Beek latest, Romero ‘wants contract cancelled’

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SERGIO ROMERO is reportedly keen to set up a meeting with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward to cancel his contract.

The Argentine was left furious after being dropped from both Man Utd’s Champions League and Premier League squads.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

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