Gareth Southgate will make a special trip to Spain on Sunday to watch Kieran Trippier as he considers whether to hand the right-back an England recall.
Trippier has made an encouraging start to his Atlético Madrid career and England manager Southgate will be in the crowd to watch the former Tottenham Hotspur man in action against Leganés.
Following a difficult season with Spurs, Trippier was the high-profile omission from Southgate’s Nations League squad, as he preferred Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker.
Right-back is one of the most hotly contested positions for England, with Alexander-Arnold, Walker, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Trippier all fighting out, and Norwich City’s Max Aarons also on Southgate’s radar.
Southgate will name his squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo on Thursday and Trippier is clearly in his thoughts.
The 28-year-old, who was one of the stars of England’s run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, joined Atlético for £20 million and provided the cross for Álvaro Morata’s goal against Getafe.
That performance and Trippier’s attitude since moving to Madrid has earned him early rave reviews in the Spanish press.
Other than flying out to watch Trippier and having been at Villa Park on Friday night, Southgate will watch James Maddison in Leicester City’s game against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
Maddison impressed Southgate’s assistant Steve Holland against Chelsea last weekend and has the chance to further strengthen his case for a place in the next England squad.
Holland is due to watch Watford against West Ham United on Saturday, with Declan Rice, Will Hughes and Jack Wilshere all expected to feature. And on Sunday, he will attend Tottenham against Newcastle United to cast an eye over Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Danny Rose.