Matt Targett has impressed at left-back for Aston Villa this season and the Mirror say he’s being ‘considered’ for an England call-up as recognition for his efforts. Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has been ‘monitoring’ the 25-year-old and could name him in his next squad.

Targett has made 25 Premier League appearances this campaign, supplying one assist, creating 19 chances, winning 53/87 aerial duels, making 9/13 successful dribbles, blocking 36 shots/passes/crosses, completing 75.8% of his 1104 passes, whipping in 74 crosses, making 53 clearances, giving away a foul once every 160 minutes, being dribbled past once every 124 minutes and averaging a tackle (54) or interception (39) every 24 minutes (WhoScored).

The 25-year-old has still competition from Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell, Manchester United’s Luke Shaw and Arsenal’s Buyako Sako, but he’s certainly in with a chance of representing his country. Targett has played in every league game for Villa this season, helping them keep an impressive 13 clean sheets while conceding only 27 goals (SoccerStats).


The Claret and Blues have the third-best defensive record in the Premier League this season, so it’s no wonder that England’s next squad may feature Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Targett. Matty Cash may have been in with an outside shout of a call-up too if he was fit.