Manchester United’s Chris Smalling hopeful of regular England starting spot

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is hopeful of holding down a regular spot in England’s starting XI following a superb run of form.

Smalling has been excellent for Man United this year and earned himself a Man of the Match award in England’s game against Switzerland last month.

It now seems as if Smalling is finally pushing on after some indifferent spells for club and country.

The player himself admitted staying injury free has helped him in terms of consistency.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with some very good managers and I feel like over the last year I’ve been able to stay a lot more injury-free and get that consistent run,” Smalling said.

“My form was a bit up and down, so it was a case of showing that consistency which is something you really need at the top level. I hope I can keep that going as every manager wants to have players they can rely on, and I want to be one of those for club and country.”

Smalling is arguably the finest centre-back in the Premier League at the moment. He has really benefitted from Louis van Gaal’s tutelage and is now looking the player supporters were promised when he was brought to Old Trafford in 2010. Not selling him to Arsenal this summer looks a better decision by the day.

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