Gareth Southgate has put forward his England squad for the upcoming fixtures against Germany and Lithuania. Whilst people are busy complaining about the inclusion of some players in the squad (particularly Jake Livermore), we should be more concerned about those who haven’t been selected. We can only assume that Tony Pulis is good friends with the England boss.
The squad isn’t all that bad – it’s good to see the return of Jermain Defoe. Another player who is very much deserving of his place is Nathan Redmond who has been excellent for Claude Puel’s side, but other decisions of Southgate’s have been baffling.
Did the former Middlesbrough man just forget that this lot are English?
If England are going to experiment with the likes of Jake Livermore then they may as well give opportunities to other players, too. Harry Kane is of course a big miss – but surely the selection of Deeney or Carroll would help to fill that gap? The Spurs man is a better finisher than both, but they’re still very good options as target men. The Watford forward has 22 goals and 10 assists in 61 Premier League appearances – he could excel with better players around him.
The exclusion of Walcott undermines the concept of performing over the course of a season to qualify for a place in the squad. Of course, these aren’t the most important games for England this year, so there is no need for the Arsenal man to get too down about it yet – we expect him to be in the next one.