Steven Caulker looks set to make his first start for the full England side tonight as they prepare to face Sweden but have the centre half’s performances ensured that he is inked in on AVB’s teamsheet for the rest of the season?
Caulker impressed while on loan at Swansea in the last campaign and it was obvious that he was ready for regular first team football in the Premiership. The question was, would it be provided by Spurs or would the player look to move on?
At the beginning of July, Caulker signed a new, long term deal at the club but had to wait behind Jan Vertonghen at the start of the new season. When Jan switched to left back to cover BAE, Steven started a run in the team that has seen him play seven league matches along with five more appearances in the cup games to date.
Along with usually dependable defending, Caulker has also shown an eye for goal with two strikes in the league and he should really have had a third from the home tie with Lazio.
The answer to the question will no doubt come when Benny returns to full fitness and it wouldn’t be a surprise if AVB switched back to Gallas and Vertonghen in the centre. Meanwhile, Steven Caulker’s promise has been rewarded with an England start this evening but should he be one of the first names in our Starting XI?