Frank McAvennie insists there was never any hope of James Tavernier getting an England call-up despite an outstanding season with Rangers. 

The Celtic icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the Gers captain could have doubled his goal record and still not been picked.

Last week, Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold had to withdraw from the England squad after picking up an injury.

It had been suggested from some quarters that Gareth Southgate should look to give Tavernier the nod to replace his injured right back.

Instead, central defender Ben White was chosen as he was already part of the 33-man provisional squad.

Tavernier, 29, picked up 19 goals and 16 assists in 41 outings for Rangers last season.

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McAvennie insists there was no chance of Tavernier getting a call up due to the quality of the other England right backs.

“No, no, never going to happen,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Look at the lads who are already there. Look how many right backs are already there. 

“Do you think England are going to try and work it down the right hand side? Kyle Walker, Reece James, Kieran Trippier, Alexander-Arnold, they are all really good. 

“They are all better defenders than him. He can attack well but look at Alexander-Arnold. 

“He’s defence first, even though he is a great attacker. There was never a chance of Tavernier getting called up. 

“He could have doubled the number of goals and assists he got and he still wouldn’t be near. That’s just how it is.”


Tavernier was instrumental as Rangers went unbeaten while winning the Scottish Premiership title.

He became the first Gers captain to lift the trophy in a decade as his side finished 25 points clear of Celtic.

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