Date: 19th November 2009 at 6:23pm
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From Vital England:

If nothing else England’s defeat against Brazil highlighted just how badly we need to find another right back, although to be honest it probably highlighted a fair amount about areas of the defence, midfielder, what the hell even the strikers!

Wes Brown, for me, was poor. Despite the fact that he plays for one of the best teams in the world, Man United, I am not convinced, and never have been, that he is good enough to play for England, well certainly as a right back.

Liverpool’s Glen Johnson is, without a shadow of a doubt head and shoulders above everyone else but other options ‘seem’ to be limited as far as right backs go – Man United’s Gary Neville is ‘done’, Villa’s Luke Young has ‘retired’ and Man City’s Micah Richards does not seem to be someone that Fabio Capello is keen on?

So, who else is there?

A name that keeps being mentioned, by the player himself – and this was the case when he was with Derby, on-loan with Marseille and has since joined Burnley and now his Burnley manager Owen Coyle is Tyrone Mears

Many will see ‘Tyrone Mears’ and the team ‘Burnley’ and automatically scoff, and I mean no disrespect to either player of club when I say this – lets be honest, people will be quick to dismiss the chances of England recognition, right?

To be honest, from what I have seen over the years of Mears I would not be ‘convinced’ that he is international quality, but would concede that the limited glances that I have seen of him this season have been fairly impressive, both as a defensive force – which of course a right back is first and foremost, or should be – and an attacking one so maybe I myself was wrong to ‘scoff’ at the suggestion he might have joined Pompey last summer?

What better way to find out more about Tyrone than talking to someone who should know him better than most, turfmanphil:

The general consensus from Clarets fans is that he is an excellent attacking and solid defensive full back and his performances this season have been outstanding often picking up the Man of the Match award. He has had previous experience in the Premier League with Derby County and seems to have learned from their unfortunate season. He is now our automatic choice for right back. He also has a powerful shot on him and has come close to scoring from free kicks. Owen Coyle certainly rates him and is pushing for him to be capped for England. His weakness, and he’s not the only one at fault in our defence, is that his eagerness to attack down the flanks can put us under pressure if the attack breaks down and the opposition go on the counter attack especially if we are up against high quality scary pace internationals from the top 4-6 Prem teams.

This is just a sample section, read the full article on this link – England – Tyrone the international star?.