‘Outstanding’: Cascarino thinks 21-year-old should be called up to England, just months after leaving Chelsea

Tony Cascarino believes Marc Guehi has done enough since leaving Chelsea to earn recognition from Gareth Southgate.

Writing for the Times, Cascarino called upon the England manager to give Guehi his maiden senior cap.

The 21-yea-old must surely be on Southgate’s radar, following a fine season as a full-time Premier League player with Crystal Palace.

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Palace raided Stamford Bridge twice last summer for two of their standout academy scholars.

Patrick Vieira’s employers sealed Guehi’s signing for £18m (Guardian), whilst also capturing Conor Gallagher on loan.

Both graduates of Cobham’s school of excellence have since been brilliant additions to the Eagles’ nest.

Give Guehi a go, Gareth

Gallagher has received the majority of the plaudits for his efforts in the final third, scoring eight goals and providing three assists in the league.

He also impressed Southgate enough to be promoted from England’s Under-21s to the first team in November.

However, according to Cascarino, his supporting cast at Selhurst Park should now also be in the reckoning for a Three Lions appearance.  

“Gareth Southgate was at Molineux on Saturday, probably to watch Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Max Kilman, but another young English centre back will have also caught the eye,” said the former Chelsea striker.

“Marc Guehi, who joined Crystal Palace from Chelsea in the summer for £18 million, was outstanding in his side’s 2-0 win and has had an excellent season.

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“Guehi has represented England at every age group — winning the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 — and has had little trouble adapting to the Premier League.

“He is ready for a call-up, but Kilman has more chance of getting the nod this month.”

Marc defeats Max

The two young centre-halves went head-to-head on Saturday, jostling to impress the watching England manager in the stands.

Guehi eventually came out on top, helping Palace earn a clean sheet in the away victory.

On the other hand, it was a pretty dismal day for Kilman, who conceded a spot-kick and struggled to contain the opposition attackers.

This inked a tiny blotch on what has been a very strong term for the Wolves defender, which Cascarino felt would stand in him good steed for the upcoming internationals

“Despite giving away a penalty, he has had the more consistent season. Should Southgate wish to play with a back three, Kilman would be a better fit than Kyle Walker as the right-sided centre back.”

Interestingly, the weekend pitted one ex-Chelsea star with a potential future one.

Last month, talkSPORT reported that the Blues were interested in signing Kilman, having scouted him for several weeks.

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Thomas Tuchel might need reinforcements at the back, if Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen or Cesar Azpilicueta leave in the next transfer window.

Based on the match-up at Molineux, Chelsea might regret letting Guehi go in the first place.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.