Japhet Tanganga has had a meteoric rise over the past few months. The 21-year-old was thrown straight in the deep end as he made his Premier League debut against Liverpool in January and had the unenviable task of being up against Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.
Tanganga certainly held his own in that match and has gone from strength to strength since then. He has been used across the backline, as a left-back, centre-back as well as a right-back and hasn’t looked out of place in any of the positions.
The youngster was slowly establishing himself as a fixture in the Tottenham backline before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, rather than resting on his laurels, Tanganga already has his eyes on the next prize. He revealed that he is now striving to earn an England call up by ensuring that he keeps performing at a high level for Spurs.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Tanganga said: “In life, you have to have goals and one of my goals is to be capped at senior level for England.
“For me, all I can do is what I can on the pitch and leave it with the England manager to select me.
“All I’m doing at the moment is following the guidelines and waiting for the government to decide when we can go back to football or not. Right now, that’s all I’m focusing on.
“Like I said, in life, you have to have ambitions and one of my goals is to get capped at senior level for England.
“Fikayo [Tomori] has done that and now I’m in a similar position. I see it as an opportunity and an example to follow and hopefully one day I can get capped and achieve one of my goals.”
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He certainly sounds like an ambitious young man and, in all likelihood, he is not too far away from being called up by Gareth Southgate. In fact, had the season not been suspended and had he kept his form up, I believe there was a very real chance that he would have been called up for the Euros this summer.
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