Even as a Fulham fan, I’d probably say no and would put Nicky Shorey ahead of him, but the Castrol Ratings appear to suggest otherwise.
This month’s Castrol Rankings show Fulham defender Konchesky has risen nine places to 378, while Aston Villa’s Stephen Warnock and Everton’s Leighton Baines – the other main contenders for a place in England’s squad for World Cup 2010 – are at 419th and 420th, respectively.
England coach Fabio Capello is looking for cover at left-back ahead of the World Cup Finals in South Africa, following a broken ankle for Chelsea’s Cole and Manchester City’s Bridge announcing his retirement from international football.
Konchesky’s defensive qualities are underlined by an outstanding tackle success rate of 84 per cent, significantly better than his rivals for the position. In contrast, Baines’ strength is going forward and delivering crosses into the penalty box. This is reflected by the fact that the Everton man has delivered 310 crosses for David Moyes’ side.
Interesting – but I’m almost certain it won’t happen.