Date: 1st December 2019 at 8:00am
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Phil Neville has heaped praise on  defender , claiming that the 30-year-old was the “pick of the bunch” in his side’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Saturday. 

The held the champions at James’ Park thanks to a late strike from , but it was the South American who caught the eye of the England Women’s manager.

Speaking on Match of the Day ( One, November 30th, 10.20pm), he said: “Fernandez I thought was the pick of the bunch really.”

OPINION

This was a big display from everybody in a black and white shirt, but Fernandez was indeed immense. With two tackles, four interceptions, and a colossal 10 clearances, as per Whoscored, the Argentine was like a brick wall, and played a key part in a match that will live long in the memory on Tyneside. He may have been drafted into the side after a spate of injuries at centre-back, but both he and Ciaran Clark have consistency shown their quality since being called upon, and neither deserves to be displaced from their starting role. That will give Steve Bruce a headache when Florian Lejeune, , and Jamaal Lascelles come back from injury, but there are worse problems to have, and right now, Army should just be grateful that they have such a deep pool of resources to choose from.