Aaron Wan-Bissaka will reportedly snub England and opt to represent DR Congo at international level if Gareth Southgate doesn’t pick him in his upcoming squads.
Wan-Bissaka has not made a senior appearance for the Three Lions, having been forced to withdraw from the squad when he received his only call-up to date in August 2019.
The Manchester United star, despite his excellence from a defensive point of view, finds himself behind Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier, Reece James and Kyle Walker in the pecking order with England having a wealth of options at right back.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka hasn’t been given the opportunity to make an impact with England
And according to The Athletic, should Wan-Bissaka miss out on England selection for the March World Cup qualifying triple-header, there is believed to be an increasing likelihood he will commit his future to DR Congo.
The 23-year-old, who was born in England but is of Congolese descent, has represented both countries at youth level.
Wan-Bissaka played one game for DR Congo’s Under 20s in 2015 but then represented England at the same level and has also played for the Under 21s.
Southgate is set to name his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers on March 18, and soon Wan-Bissaka could slip through England’s fingers.
England take on San Marino, Albania and then finally Poland in the space of seven days at the end of March.
Wan-Bissaka has featured for England at Under 20 and 21 level but not for the senior team
And with the Euros coming up this summer, which follow two friendlies in June against Austria and Romania, it feels like the last chance saloon for Wan-Bissaka to stake a claim in the England set-up.
While Wan-Bissaka is arguably England’s strongest right back from a defensive point of view, it is going forward where the likes of Alexander-Arnold, Trippier and James flourish.
The United right back has enjoyed a strong season to date at club level though, being an ever-present in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backline.
Wan-Bissaka, formerly of Crystal Palace, has featured 36 times in all competitions with United second in the Premier League.
Gareth Southgate will name his Three Lions squad for the upcoming qualifiers on March 18