Wolves boss Lage: Kilman destined for England

Wolves manager Bruno Lage believes Max Kilman will eventually play for England.

The 25-year-old centre-back was overlooked by Gareth Southgate for the upcoming Nations League fixtures against Italy and Germany.

Lage acknowledges that Southgate has been loyal to his past players, but he is adamant Kilman will one day play for Three Lions.

“He needs to remember that managers always want to choose the guys that we trust,” Lage told the Express & Star.

“Max will learn from that period when the England manager came to watch us and he had that (bad) performance. One thing is to play with important players like Coady and Saiss and another thing is being one of the main men. You need to be on top every day in training and in games. Then after, you play for your country.

“I think he learned from that. The best thing he can do now is continue to work. He is 25 and has eight years in front of him to play at this level and for sure he will have the chance to play for England.

“What he can control is the way he works every day in training and competes in every game. The next time he feels it is his moment, continue with good performances and consistency.

“I need to choose the best XI and the England manager needs to choose the best XI and the people he trusts. I think Max can have that.

“For the next opportunity, he’ll be ready and fit. I believe a lot in him and trust him. Now he needs to trust in himself like he does every day and work hard.

“I know the things he can do but he needs to show it at the right time.”