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Johnson set for role change

Ben Johnson is set to make his England U21 debut at centre-back.

The London Evening Standard reports that the Hammers star will be played out of position when the Three Lions take on Andorra on Friday night.

Johnson has never been called up at any level by England but is set to make his debut after making real progress under David Moyes at the London Stadium.

He has made 51 appearances in total for the Hammers and has played 16 times this season, primarily as a right-back.

Johnson is also capable of playing at left-back but, per Transfermarkt, he has never played at centre-back for the Irons.

There are a number of right-backs within the international setup; at senior level, England have Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker, Reece James, Kyle Walker-Peters, Kieran Trippier and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as options, while Tino Livramento, Djed Spence and Tariq Lamptey are all options in the U21s.

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Boss Lee Carsley confirmed: “It is really important that you’ve got players in the squad who can play in two or three positions and Ben can do that.

“He’s got all the attributes of a full-back with his athleticism but he’s also got the stature of a centre-back. He’s tall and aggressive. The fact he can play left side is a bonus.

“He’s been really impressive on and off the pitch, all the staff have taken a shine to him and you can see why David Moyes and West Ham are so keen on him.”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

One comment on “Johnson set for role change

  1. Proof if it were needed that we have some player here and very young. Reasons to be cheerful.

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