Does Max Kilman deserve an England call-up?
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When Max Kilman leapt the highest in front of the Stan Cullis Stand on Monday, there wasn't a single person associated with Wolverhampton Wanderers who wasn't pleased for him. 

Kilman, 24, scored his first goal for Wolves in the victory over Everton. The defender's thunderous header past Jordan Pickford in the 28th minute was only his second career goal - with his last coming for Maidenhead United against Dover Athletic in 2018.

Alongside his goal, Kilman caught the eye of many across the footballing world and with Gareth Southgate, who was in attendance against the Toffees, announcing his England squad for the games with Albania and San Marino on Thursday, it may be time for another Wanderer to make his mark for the Three Lions.

Defensive solidarity

Monday's victory was one for the highlight reel at the end of the season. Bruno Lage's side played arguably the best football at Molineux for years and made their dominance pay with two special goals in the first half - Raul Jimenez popped up with a goal for his 50th goal for Wolves.

But it wasn't just in the final third where Wolves flourished. Their back three consisting of Kilman, Romain Saiss and Conor Coady looked at ease against Richarlison and Demarai Gray.

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A shaky second-half performance made the encounter seem closer than it was, but Wolves didn't look like losing their lead- like they did last week at Leeds United - and they held on for their fourth league win in five games.

Kilman's performance was certainly one of many positives to come out of Molineux. As well as his first Wolves goal, Kilman made six clearances and made three interceptions in the right centre-back role.

Standing at six foot four, Everton missed a trick by attempting 10 long balls towards Kilman's direction, with only one duel on the ground, which he won. 

The former futsal player won eight of them 10 duels in another excellent 90 minutes. On the ball, Kilman's quality doesn't stop there. He completed seven long balls and held an 89% pass accuracy.

Gareth Southgate's options

Back in October when England were held by Hungary at Wembley, John Stones and Tyrone Mings completed Southgate's back four alongside Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw.

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Whilst both are quality defenders, Stone has only started one league game for Manchester City this season and Mings was surprisingly dropped for Aston Villa's drubbing of West Ham United on Sunday.

Fellow Wolves defender Coady and Fikayo Tomori completed the previous allocation of central defenders, allowing freedom for Kilman to be selected.

Ben White's performances for Arsenal, as well as previously being called up, may earn him the nod over Kilman, but the Wanderers' defender has done way more than enough to be handed a chance.

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