Wolves star Diogo Jota admits he would rather stick with Conor Coady than swap him for £80million Harry Maguire

18 Aug

Wolverhampton Wanderers star Diogo Jota has admitted he’d rather stick with current team-mate Conor Coady than have Harry Maguire at Molinuex.

Wolves take on Manchester United on Monday night with the two English centre-backs battling each other.

Conor Coady has excelled in Wolves’ defence

Maguire joined the Red Devils for a huge £80million this summer after impressing for Hull City and Leicester in the Premier League.

The fee – a world record for a defender – stunned some players, pundits and fans.

Coady, meanwhile, has risen to the top with his current side having joined them in 2015, going from the Championship to Europa League football, while he’s also been on the cusp of an international call-up.

Maguire helped United keep a clean sheet against Chelsea
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But when asked if he would swap Maguire for Coady or any of the other Wolves defenders, Jota said: “That is some question! I think Harry Maguire has a lot of quality but I know the players that we have in our team and I trust them.”

And when it comes to the enormous sum of spent on Maguire, Jota admitted transfer fees may be out of control but there is not much players can do about it.

He added: “It (the £80m fee) is hard to explain. The market is unreal now in my opinion. But nothing to do with me, it is to do with the clubs and it is the moment we are living. We just have to respect that amount.”

The Portuguese forward is also well aware Monday’s opponents are now more formidable than last year.

Diogo Jota scored against Manchester United twice last season
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Wolves won two of their three encounters with Man United in 2018/19 with Jota scoring in both the victories but now they have added Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Maguire to their ranks it is set to be much tougher.

He said:”It’s a new season. Solskjaer has had more time to work with his players, he’s made his own changes.

“In the transfer market they’ve tried to improve their team so we know it’s going to be very hard for us. We have to understand that we will face a very big team.”

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UEFA Nations League: English players who were unlucky to miss out on call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad, including James Maddison and Aaron Wan-Bissaka

24 May

Some England fans were left bewildered by a few of Gareth Southgate’s squad selections for the country’s upcoming Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands on June 6.

Jesse Lingard, Fabian Delph and Kieran Trippier earned call-ups, despite struggling for form during the 2018/19 season.

Will Hughes could have earned a first senior call-up

Lingard scored just four league goals, Delph failed to make Pep Guardiola’s matchday squad at times and Trippier even admitted he ‘could have done a lot better’ this term.

Meanwhile, other in-form Premier League stars were snubbed.

talkSPORT.com looks at players who could count themselves unlucky after not making Southgate’s squad.

James Maddison (Leicester)

James Maddison created more chances in the Premier League than any other player last season (100)

In the past, Southgate’s reason for not selecting James Maddison was because he didn’t fit into their formation, which was true. England’s 4-4-3 shape does not have room for a No.10.

However, since Brendan Rodgers’ appointment at Leicester, Maddison has excelled playing in a three-man midfield.

He has been a box-to-box midfielder, helping out the attack and defence. The Three Lions’ midfield lacks creativity, and that is something Maddison would have certainly brought.

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle)

Isaac Hayden is set to leave Newcastle this summer

Hayden played just five times up until Christmas before playing a crucial role in the second half of the season under Rafael Benitez as Newcastle avoided relegation.

Hayden, a former Arsenal trainee, is set to move back down south for family reasons and his performances have reportedly caught Tottenham’s eye.

In March, Benitez even tipped his midfielder for an England call-up, but Tottenham’s Eric Dier was chosen ahead of him.

Will Hughes (Watford)

Will Hughes is a former England Under-21 international

Hughes was a regular starter in Watford’s FA Cup run, which ended with a 6-0 hammering by Manchester City in the final. He also started 31 of Watford’s 38 league games as they finished 11th.

Comfortable on the wing or in the middle, the 24-year-old could have slotted in seamlessly to the Three Lions’ squad.

If he maintains his form next season, an England call-up could be on the horizon.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)

Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s wait for an England call-up goes on

With Trippier’s inconsistent form and a Champions League final with Tottenham just five days before England’s clash against the Netherlands, it was surprising to see Wan-Bissaka’s wait for a senior call-up go on.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a superb season with Palace, and his form has seen him linked with Manchester United, who are looking to replace departing defender Antonio Valencia.

No defender won tackles than Wan-Bissaka (129) in the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Conor Coady (Wolves)

Conor Coady has been in immense form this season

Coady played every minute of Wolves’ return to the Premier League as they finished seventh.

The centre-half’s distribution from the back would suit England’s style of play.

And with John Stones and Joe Gomez playing very little football recently, Coady could have been a welcome addition to the squad.

UEFA Nations League: Players who could earn shock England call-ups to Gareth Southgate’s squad

15 May

There could be surprising inclusions in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for their Nations League semi-final clash against the Netherlands on June 6.

At least 11 of his group could be involved for Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in Champions League and Europa League finals that take place on June 1 and May 29, respectably.

Gareth Southgate faces a potential selection headache ahead of England’s Nations League semi-final

Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Danny Welbeck, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek may all feature for their clubs just days before England play in Portugal.

It is not an ideal scenario for Southgate, who previously admitted it would be a ‘mess’ if one or two English clubs reached the Champions League final.

In March, he said: “It could be a mess.

“Let’s say if two of our teams made it to the Champions League final then we wouldn’t see them, at best, until the Monday before we play on the Thursday.”

So, if Southgate wants fresh legs, who could be in line for an unexpected call-up?

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has made two appearances for England’s Under-21 side

Wan-Bissaka is unfortunate to be competing against Kyle Walker, Alexander-Arnold and Trippier for a place in the senior squad.

Given Trippier’s inconsistent form since the 2018 World Cup, the right-back could be forgiven for feeling hard done by after missing out on the Czech Republic and Montenegro wins in March.

Wan-Bissaka, 21, has started 35 Premier League games this season, showing consistency and maturity beyond his years. It is surely a matter of time before the youngster earns a senior cap.

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

Ryan Bertrand’s last England appearance came in a goalless draw with Brazil in November 2017

Bertrand criticised Gareth Southgate’s ‘oversight’ after he failed to make the 23-man World Cup squad last summer – and March 2018 remains the last time he was called up. But with Rose playing in a Champions League final just five days before the Netherlands clash, Bertrand could be recalled. After returning from a three-month injury lay-off in February, he helped Southampton to huge wins over Tottenham and Wolves to preserve the club’s top-flight status.

James Maddison (Leicester)

James Maddison recieved his first senior England call-up last October, but never made his debut

After his impressive debut season in the Premier League, a call-up to the senior side wouldn’t be too shocking. He was left out of the senior squad in March as Southgate said the 22-year-old’s No.10 position did not fit into England’s current formation (4-4-3).

Since Brendan Rodgers’ appointment at the King Power Stadium, Maddison has successfully played in a midfield three alongside Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans.

Could a senior England debut be around the corner for the playmaker?

Conor Coady (Wolves)

Conor Coady plays in the middle of a three-man defence for Wolves

Joe Gomez, who is likely to be on the bench against Tottenham, is England’s only centre-back playing in the Champions League or Europa League final, however, it could still be difficult for Southgate to ignore Coady’s terrific season.

He was just one of three outfield players to play every minute of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign as he captained Wolves to a seventh-placed finish in their first season back in the top-flight.

He and his team-mates will be playing European football next term if Watford fail to beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final this weekend, live on talkSPORT. Coady is a ball-playing defender and seems ready-made for Southgate’s England squad.

Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Phil Foden scored in a vital 1-0 win over Tottenham last month

Pep Guardiola started Foden against Tottenham and Leicester in their title run-in, a sign of how much the Spaniard trusts him.

The 18-year-old scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Spurs before lasting 56 minutes in another 1-0 victory against Leicester. Southgate has put his faith in youth before after selecting and playing Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, against the Czech Republic and Montenegro in March.

Foden, who made 26 appearances in the 2018/19 season, could be the next youngster to star for England.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

Jack Grealish could be a Premier League player next season

Explaining his reasoning behind Grealish’s previous omissions from the England squad, Southgate stressed the midfielder must play in the Premier League to be considered for a call-up.

The 23-year-old has been Aston Villa’s star man this season – and his quality was on show once more in the club’s 2-1 Championship play-off semi-final first leg win over West Brom on Saturday.

Grealish assisted Conor Hourihane’s equaliser before winning a penalty, which Tammy Abraham’s converted for the winner.

He also scored a penalty in their shootout win at West Brom in the second leg as Villa went through to Wembley on Tuesday night.

By the end of the month, Grealish could be a Premier League player and on the verge of an England cap.

Liverpool vs Wolves: Melwood graduate Conor Coady insists he’s aiming to end the Reds’ Premier League title dreams

11 May

Wolves captain Conor Coady has insisted he is aiming to end Liverpool’s Premier League title dreams on Sunday – even if it ruins his friendships.

The boyhood Red came through the ranks in the club’s academy and started his career in a Reds shirt, eventually leaving Melwood in 2014 after making two senior appearances.

But he still wants to win at Anfield in their season finale.

Conor Coady wants to beat Liverpool, even if it means they could miss out on the Premier League title

Liverpool are a point behind Manchester City in the race for the title and need to beat Wolves and hope their rivals slip up at Brighton to win their first league crown since 1990.

Coady was born in Liverpool and is a lifelong Reds fan, but will put his loyalties aside when he returns to Anfield.

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“There’s no reason we can’t do a job there,” he told the Express & Star.

“We’ve played some good stuff this year, there’s been some highs, some lows, but we’ve got a certain way of playing, we’ll stick with that and hopefully end the season on a high.

“Every week I look at Liverpool and hope they win. I supported them growing up but I’m playing for Wolves now, and no matter who we are playing against, we go there to win and that’s the mentality we’ll all have.

Coady came through the ranks and started his career at Liverpool

“My mates are all season-ticket holders there and keep saying a few things about it.

“I supported Liverpool growing up but I play for Wolves now. What they’ve done this year has been absolutely incredible, the title race has been amazing.

“We go there to win, that’s the mentality we’ve built over the past two years.”


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Wolves have been the surprise package of the Premier League this season.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have been the next-best outside the dominating top-six, securing seventh place which will book a Europa League qualifying spot if Manchester City beat Watford in next week’s FA Cup final.

It is the highest finish of a newly-promoted club in the Premier League since Ipswich came fifth in 2001.

And Coady insists his side will be full of confidence they can get a result against a Liverpool team that has only lost once all season.

“This is our first year back in the Premier League and we have the chance to get 60 points which would be amazing,” added the defender.

Wolves players celebrate with fans during their 1-0 win over relegated Fulham last weekend

“We’re playing good stuff and we’re going there full of confidence, and hopefully to get the win.

“We’ve got a certain way of playing and we will stick to that. Hopefully we can end the season on a high.

“It’s a good game, looking at what they have done and our season. It’s important we enjoy the game because when you do that, you play well.”

Best Premier League XI outside top six, including Wilfired Zaha and James Maddison

7 May

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned his Manchester United players other clubs will be looking to chase them next season.

The Red Devils will finish sixth if they fail to better Arsenal’s result on the final day of the 2018/19 campaign.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been solid for Crystal Palace this season

Solskjaer said: “You’ve got Leicester, Everton, Watford, probably Newcastle, you’ve got clubs that want to chase us. We have to make sure that we are the ones who chase those ahead of us.

“We have to make sure that we are getting closer and moving that way up the table and not looking over the shoulders because there are big clubs, good clubs wanting to chase that top six.”

So, who are the best players outside of the top six? talkSPORT take a look…

Goalkeeper – Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham)

Lukasz Fabianski has been a revelation at the London Stadium

Fabianski has been an ever-present in Manuel Pellegrini’s side since signing from Swansea last summer. The 34-year-old has been the busiest goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, making 140 saves. He has proven himself as a reliable top-flight No.1 since leaving Arsenal in 2014.

Right-back – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is becoming a Premier League star

Wan-Bissaka, who won Crystal Palace’s Player of the Year award, has been one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League this season.

Not many people would have blamed him for counting himself unlucky after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad in March.

His form has alerted the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City, however, the 21-year-old recently revealed he will be a Crystal Palace player next term.

Centre-back – Harry Maguire (Leicester)

Harry Maguire has had another fine season for Leicester

Maguire was one of former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s transfer targets last summer.

The towering defender was able to take his 2018 World Cup form with England into this season – and has been a regular fixture at the back for Leicester. Maguire will be crucial to the Foxes’ chances of mounting a top-six push next season.

Centre-back – Conor Coady (Wolves)

Conor Coady has been an ever-present in Wolves’ defence

The former Liverpool trainee has been one of Wolves’ standout players in their first season back in the Premier League.

Playing every single minute of the Premier League season so far, Coady has helped them to an impressive seventh-placed finish.

The club captain will be playing Europa League football next season if Manchester City beat Watford in this month’s FA Cup final. Surely an England call-up is on the horizon?

Left-back – Lucas Digne (Everton)

Lucas Digne has a wicked cross on him

Digne has enjoyed a successful debut season in the Premier League, chipping in with four goals and assists each.

He has been part of a watertight Everton defence, which has kept eight clean sheets in ten games.

Only Liverpool (20), Manchester City (20) and Chelsea (15) have had more shutouts than Everton (14) this term.

Right-wing – Richarlison (Everton)

Richarlison is a fans’ favourite at Goodison Park

Similarly to his team-mate Digne, Richarlison has been one of Everton’s best players this term.

He has scored 14 goals since joining in a £50million deal from Watford last summer. The Brazil international has even been linked with a move to Barcelona following his goalscoring form. The 21-year-old will only get better with years to come.

Central midfield – Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford)

Abdoulaye Doucoure is a workhorse in Watford’s midfield

Watford could find it hard to keep Doucoure this summer, especially after the Paris Saint-Germain target admitted he would leave Vicarage Road if the right club came calling.

He has had yet another fine season in the Premier League and is on course to help Watford finish in the top ten.

Central midfield – James Maddison (Leicester)

James Maddison will only get better with time

Signed for £22.5million from Norwich last year, that transfer fee seems like a bargain now. In his first season in the Premier League, Maddison has been directly involved in 14 goals, scoring and assisting seven each.

He has been deployed slightly deeper in midfield since Brendan Rodgers replaced Claude Puel in March, but has still been able to shine. He has been touted as a replacement for Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, who will join Juventus on July 1.

Left-wing – Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Wilfried Zaha is constantly linked with a move away from Selhurst Park

Zaha is having his most lethal top-flight season, netting ten goals for Roy Hodgson’s men.

He has been so crucial to Palace preserving their Premier League status over the past five years. Despite signing a new five-year contract last August, reports claim Arsenal are interested in the winger.

Striker – Raul Jimenez (Wolves)

Raul Jimenez has endeared himself to Wolves fans

Wolves paid Benfica £30million to make Jimenez’s loan move permanent last month.

The Mexico international has scored 17 goals and registered seven assists in all competitions. He has arguably been one of the signings of the season. Jimenez has also struck up a deadly strike partnership with Diogo Jota.

Striker – Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

Jamie Vardy is regarded as one of the Premier League’s best strikers

Vardy has scored 18 goals in another prolific top-flight season for Leicester. At the age of 32, he is showing no signs of slowing down. He has netted 11 goals in his last 12 games in what has been an excellent end to the campaign.

Is this the best Premier League XI outside of the top six?

Wolves captain Conor Coady downplays England snub: ‘These guys are World Cup semi-finalists’

18 Mar

Wolves skipper Conor Coady admits it will be difficult to break into the England squad after being snubbed for the latest international fixtures.

The 26-year-old defender had been tipped for a call-up but missed out to the likes of Everton’s Michael Keane and Burnley’s James Tarcowski.

Wolves have exceeded all expectations this season, most recently progressing to the FA Cup semi-finals after dumping Manchester United out in the last eight.

Coady has been immense, guiding the club to seventh place in the Premier League after some remarkable results against the top six.

Coady has been outstanding this season

After his latest snub by England boss Gareth Southgate, the defender was keen to point out the fact that he’s competing with World Cup semi-finalists.

“I thought to myself all season that I’m trying to get into a squad that just reached a World Cup semi-final.

“They’re a really good squad. England is the pinnacle of any Englishman’s career.

“I’ve not really thought about it all year, to be honest.

“If it comes, it’ll be amazing, but I don’t overthink it because it’ll become a little bit of a problem.”

During a season which has seen Wolves beat Chelsea and Tottenham in the league, Coady insists the 2-1 victory over Man United on Saturday has been the highlight so far.


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“It’s the best,” he added. “In the Cup, anything can happen. Manchester United are an incredible football club with fantastic players and a brilliant manager.

“It was a special night for everybody, the atmosphere for building up for the last few weeks has been brilliant and we’d felt it all week.

“We couldn’t wait to get started and the way the whole night panned out was perfect.”

Wolves captain Conor Coady tells talkSPORT keeping FA Cup hero Raul Jimenez will be a ‘big thing’ for the club

18 Mar

Wolves captain Conor Coady desperately hopes Raul Jimenez will make his loan switch from Benfica permanent.

The Portuguese striker has been in stunning form this term, most recently notching a goal and an assist during the FA Cup quarter-final victory over Manchester United, the latest giant killing of a remarkable season.

His fine goalscoring record in the Premier League has propelled Wolves to seventh, and reports suggest the club will try to sign him for £30million this summer.

The 27-year-old has previously declared his desire to stay at Molineux beyond this season.

Jimenez put in another majestic display against United

“I’d like to stay at Wolves. I’m very happy,” he told Marca Claro.

“A major project was created at Wolverhampton. It’s not normal for a newly-promoted Premier League team to be fighting for a place in the Europa League.”

And Coady believes it would be massive for the club if they could secure the striker’s services on a permanent basis, hailing his telepathic relationship with Diogo Jota.

“They’re incredible footballers, they run their socks off for the team every week and you know how much it means to them,” he told talkSPORT.

“The way they link up together and the relationship they’ve got at the minute is fantastic.

“Looking at it from the position I play, it’s just brilliant to watch.

Coady hailed a ‘special’ night at Molineux

“It would be good if we could keep hold of Raul, it really would. It feels like he’s been at the club for a long time and we want to keep him there for as long as possible.

“The clubs will come to a decision and he’ll come to a decision, I think to keep him would be a big thing for the football club. But we’ll see.”

Wolves find themselves in the semi-finals of the FA Cup following a run which has seen them dump both Liverpool and Manchester United out of the competition.


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And during a season which has also seen victories over Chelsea and Tottenham in the league, Coady insists the defeat of the Red Devils on Saturday has been the highlight so far.

“It’s the best,” he added. “In the Cup, anything can happen. Manchester United are an incredible football club with fantastic players and a brilliant manager.

“It was a special night for everybody, the atmosphere for building up for the last few weeks has been brilliant and we’d felt it all week.

“We couldn’t wait to get started and the way the whole night panned out was perfect.”

Wolves news: Conor Coady and Matt Doherty agree new long-term contracts

15 Feb

Conor Coady and fellow defender Matt Doherty have signed new long-term contracts with Premier League club Wolves.

Coady, 25, and Doherty, 27, have both agreed new four-and-a-half-year deals until 2023, Wolves announced on their official website.

Conor Coady has been in immense form this season

“Conor Coady and Matt Doherty have committed their long-term futures to Wolves by agreeing new deals until 2023,” read a statement.

“Wolves’ longest-serving player, Doherty, like Coady, has put pen to paper on a new-four-and-a-half-year deal.”

Coady, who progressed through Liverpool’s academy, joined Wolves in 2015 after loan spells with Sheffield United and Huddersfield and has been a regular in the Premier League this season, making 26 appearances.

Republic of Ireland right-back Doherty, who arrived at Molineux from Bohemians in 2010, made his 200th league appearance for Wolves earlier this season.

Meanwhile, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits he let emotions get the better of him against Bristol City last season, as he prepares to return to Ashton Gate.

The Championship fixture between the two sides at the end of 2017 saw Nuno sent to the stands after impeding on Bristol City’s technical area, while there were red cards for Wolves defender Danny Batth and home goalkeeper Frank Fielding.

Matt Doherty has been a fantasy football favourite this term

Nuno’s team travel to Bristol City again on Sunday, this time as a club seventh in the Premier League, in the FA Cup.

Ahead of the fifth round tie, he said: “That game was so emotional. Particularly it was so hard for me as I was sent off and went to the stands. Being there, you realise that you cannot help the team.

“All the emotions come and later what I felt was a big, big joy and a tremendous moment of happiness. It was so important for us that I could not contain myself.

Arsenal and Liverpool keeping tabs on Conor Coady as Wolves plan to offer captain new contract

14 Jan

Wolves captain Conor Coady is being tracked by Arsenal and Liverpool, according to reports.

Coady, the centre-back, has established himself as one of the best defenders outside the Premier League’s top six since Wolves’ return to the top flight, and he is even reportedly on the verge of earning an England call-up.

However, his future at Molineux has come under doubt as at the end of this season he will have just two years remaining on his existing contract.

Coady has quickly proven his quality at Premier League level

Wolves are ready to open talks with Coady over extending his deal, as they know, according to the Daily Mail, that Arsenal and Liverpool are monitoring the 25-year-old.

Coady began his career with Liverpool but after graduating from their academy he made just one Premier League appearance before leaving for Huddersfield.

The Reds are monitoring their former youngster, but Arsenal are also interested, allegedly due to Coady’s ability to play the ball out of defence; naturally a midfielder, Coady only moved into the backline upon Nuno’s appointment as Wolves manager.

The Molineux club – who currently sit 11th in the table upon their return to the Premier League – are willing to hand Coady a pay-rise to extend his contract, both to reward his improvement as a player and for the work he does for Wolves off the pitch.

‘I nearly fell off the couch when Alan Shearer said I should get an England call-up’, Wolves defender Conor Coady tells talkSPORT

9 Oct

Wolves captain Conor Coady has told talkSPORT he nearly fell off the sofa when he watched Premier League legends Alan Shearer and Ian Wright tip him for an England call-up on TV.

The 25-year-old centre-back is said to be in Gareth Southgate’s long-term thoughts for the Three Lions after impressing for the newly promoted side.

Coady has admitted he was shocked by talk of an England call-up

Wolves have been one of the surprise packages of the campaign so far, with last season’s Championship winners currently sitting seventh in the Premier League table – one place above Manchester United.

Coady missed out on a place in Southgate’s latest squad for England’s upcoming Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain, but Match of the Day pundits Shearer and Wright both agreed that ‘it won’t be long’ until the former Liverpool man gets his first senior call-up.

And asked about the praise from two legends of the English game, Coady told Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “It was fantastic listening to what they said.

“I was sat at home on the couch watching it and I’ve watched Match of the Day all my life, so I nearly fell off the couch when they started speaking about it!

“It was brilliant, but it’s not something I really think about to be honest.

Coady has developed into a top centre-back and leader since leaving Liverpool for Wolves in 2015

“It’s something where, if it ever came, it would be great.

“But I’m not thinking about it too much, I’m just concentrating on playing as well as I can for Wolves, getting better and listening to the manager as much as possible.”

While Coady patiently waits for his chance to shine, though, Ian Wright believes he’s been hard done by by Southgate.

The Three Lions boss revealed last season that he was impressed by the young defender’s form in the Championship, but would have to prove himself in the Premier League before he was considered for the national team.

But in his latest squad, the England manager selected Mason Mount, the 19-year-old Derby midfielder on loan from Chelsea who has not made a single appearance in the top flight.

Wright said on MOTD:  “Last season Coady played brilliantly in the Championship and didn’t get a call-up, because of that reason.

Coady captained England throughout his youth career – here seen alongside current England skipper Harry Kane (far right) back in 2013

“Now you see Mason Mount, who got his call-up and deservedly so as well, and the Wolverhampton fans are very disappointed because they thought that Conor Coady should have got one.

“Now he’s continued that form into the Premier League and he’s been overlooked.

“I share their disappointment because he’s been magnificent.

Shearer added: “He’s played at youth level for England, captained England’s Under-17s, Under-19s and Under-20s – if he keeps on performing like that it won’t be long before he gets a full shout from Gareth Southgate.”