Discussing the world’s best right-backs was not something most would have considered doing even 15 years ago.
“Nobody grows up wanting to be a Gary Neville” as the famous Jamie Carragher line goes. He may have had a point, with right-back not always considered the sexiest position on the field in days gone by.
Times are changing, though, with the role having a greater impact on attacking play and team shape than ever before. Here, we take a look at the ten best.
The fact the Chelsea youngster has forced his way into the England set-up, despite the wealth of right-back options, is testament to his ability and character. James might not have the delivery of Trent Alexander-Arnold, or the lighting pace of Walker, but he’s a better all-rounder than either.