Lewis Dunk: Brighton’s Beacon of Hope and England’s Potential Trump Card
David Ornstein, in his reporting for The Athletic this morning, casts an appreciative eye towards Lewis Dunk of Brighton & Hove Albion. The England gaffer, Gareth Southgate, appears to be warming to the notion of Dunk donning the Three Lions on his shirt once more, ahead of the 2024 European Championship qualifiers this June.
Southgate’s Selection Struggle
The impending Champions League final threatens to reduce the pool of England stalwarts available for selection. The likes of John Stones and Kyle Walker, both of Manchester City, could potentially be missing in action due to the gruelling fixture. In light of these possible absences, the door is ajar for new faces to make their mark.
Amongst these is Lewis Dunk, Brighton’s steadfast defender. Dunk’s commendable performances for his club have certainly raised eyebrows, making him a strong contender for an England call-up.
Dunk’s Staggering Season
At 31, Dunk has been the backbone of a Brighton side that has etched its name in the annals of history by qualifying for Europe for the first time. Dunk’s leadership and unwavering commitment to his club have been nothing short of exceptional this campaign, and his form has not gone unnoticed.
“It’s not about the name on the back of the jersey, it’s about the badge on the front,” Dunk once said, epitomising his unyielding commitment to both club and country.
An England Encore?
Dunk’s only appearance for England was in a 3-0 win against the United States in 2018. Despite this, he has persistently stayed in the picture, making it to the provisional 55-man shortlist for the 2022 World Cup. His standout performances in Brighton’s recent victories over Manchester United and Arsenal have only solidified his case.
England’s pursuit of supremacy in Group C requires the fortitude and strength of character that Dunk brings to the table. With the fixtures being more than mere friendlies, it’s clear Dunk’s chances of a recall are not just whimsical speculation.
The whispers for a Dunk return to the England set-up are steadily growing into a chorus. Could Southgate be the conductor to orchestrate Dunk’s grand England encore? Only time will tell.