Chris Smalling tops list as Europe’s highest scoring defender

Andy Mattioli

Roma have found a precious goalscoring resource in English centre-back Chris Smalling whose headed effort last night marked his third goal in nine league appearances: the best any defender has looked so far this season, according to La Repubblica.

Excluding Paulo Dybala he’s the team’s most effective scorer given the team’s struggles in front of goal.

The player has offered Jose Mourinho’s team strength and experience in several instances that demanded of him to rise to the occasion as one of the team’s veterans.

The Italian newspaper reports that Gareth Southgate is still unlikely to call him up for the upcoming World Cup despite Jose Mourinho’s best efforts to endorse him for the highly anticipated competition.

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