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England Squad – Has Gareth Southgate taken the right players?

The England squad for the Scotland and Spain games have been announced but has Gareth Southgate made the right decisions, as to who to call up?

 

Goalkeepers

 

Joe Hart, Jordan Pickford (formerly, Fraser Forster) and Tom Heaton are in my opinion the right people to call up because they’re our strongest keepers by far.

 

Hart has been inconsistent performance wise for England this year so I would probably bench him against Scotland and hand Heaton a start because he has been outstanding for Burnley this season and deserves a shot at being the first choice England keeper.

 

Its  a shame that Forster has pulled out because I would of started him against Scotland, due to his knowledge of the Scottish game after a few seasons with Celtic. Pickford is the right man to replace him because it demonstrates a willingness to play youngsters and he has been outstanding for a poor Sunderland side.

 

Defence 

 

The defenders that Southgate has called up are decent but I would switch John Stones for Ben Gibson. Stones in recent weeks has had a part to play in letting Manchester City concede easy goals and Southgate needs to blood new players, if he is to establish his own squad.

 

Gibson has been a rock in Middlesbrough’s defence for years now and has been a part of Southgate’s U21s squad for a long time. Now is the time for him to be given a shot at the first team and with a man who he knows well in charge, he should slot straight in and provide tough competition for the likes of Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka. Despite stepping up to the Premier League, he hasn’t been fazed and he has been part of a Boro team who have conceded less goals than bigger teams. No wonder, he deserves a CHANCE!!!

 

Southgate has called up the right fullback players but Aaron Creswell’s late inclusion makes things interesting. With the amount of fullbacks in the squad, could we see a two full backs playing on the wing?

 

Midfield

 

There are better midfielders available to take above some of those selected.

 

It’s great to see Jack Wilshire back in the fold after excellent displays for Bournemouth but I would of left him out. He needs to focus on getting maximum club time this season after a nightmare 2015-16 season, rather than risk getting injured whilst playing for England.

 

Somebody needs to tell the FA that just because Wayne Rooney is captain, he isn’t entitled to automatic squad selection. His place could of have gone to another new player like James Ward Prowse or Isaac Hayden because we are in an era when the squad rarely changes.

 

The usual members get complacent knowing they will be called up regardless of how shambolic they are at club level, now is the time for Southgate to grow a backbone and drop underperforming players regardless of if means calling up a player from the Championship as will physiologically get them on their toes to avoid the same humiliation next time round.

 

Walcott is an injury liability so shouldn’t even be anywhere near the squad. One of England’s problems is that the manager selects too many players who’re injury prone and if they get injured, it disrupts the squad’s harmony.

 

The rest deserve to be in the side given their form this season. I am disappointed that Danny Drinkwater has pulled out but even more surprised at Southgate’s decision to call up left back, Aaron Creswell instead of another midfielder.

 

Strikers

 

I agree with naming Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford but Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge are absolute no nos.

 

With Kane, he has only just come back from injury.  Southgate should of left him out for this round of international fixtures, so he can get back to his best first. Instead of Kane, Southgate should of demonstrated his initiative and gone bold and call up the in form Bristol City star, Tammy Abraham.

 

Sturridge is just as bad as Walcott for injuries so someone else should be given a chance like Charlie Austin, who has quietly put in steady performances for Southampton. Alternatively, Dwight Gayle would be a great option for the same reason as Tammy Abraham.

 

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