Thoughts on England’s latest squad selection

England have announced their latest squad for this month’s friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

Who has made the cut and are there any who doesn’t deserve a place in this month’s squad?

 

Goalkeepers

  • Joe Hart (West Ham)
  • Jordan Pickford (Everton)

This is probably the best keeper selection that Gareth Southgate has at his disposal. 

Personally, any of those three could start the friendlies because they have all had bad luck lately. Most of that luck however has been down to poor defending leaving them exposed. 

 

Fullbacks

  • Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)
  • Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Kieran Tripper (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Although really no variety to usual selection, these four are our best full backs and will be useful against Germany and Brazil. 

My concern is the fact that just four full backs are in squad when probably could of given other English fullbacks a chance. 

 

Centre Backs

  • Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
  • Phil Jones (Manchester United)
  • Harry Maguire (Leicester)
  • John Stones (Manchester City)
  • Joe Gomez (Liverpool)

Southgate has clearly gone for a youthful defence with Cahill the only experienced centre back selected. 

 

Joe Gomez
Joe Gomez

 

Joe Gomez has earned his call up because in a unstable Liverpool defence, he has delivered consistent performances week in week out. 

Personally, this is the time to give the likes of Michael Keane and Ben Gibson a call up rather than select solid players, who are definitely in the squad for Russia. 

In summary, a good selection of centre backs but could do with some newer names rather than Cahill and Jones amongst others. 

 

Midfield

  • Ashley Young (Manchester United)
  • Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Ruben Loftus Cheek (Crystal Palace)
  • Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion)
  • Jack Cork (Burnley)
  • Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)

Firstly, WHY is Ashley Young back in the squad???

Ashley Young
Ashley Young

For me, he hasn’t done much and now is the time to look forward, giving new players like Demari Gray a chance rather than looking to a past England player.

Young aside, this midfield is a solid young side, who should bring plenty of energy and attack. 

 

Strikers

  • Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
  • Tammy Abraham (Swansea)
  • Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

This striker selection looks very competitive but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rashford dropping into attacking midfield on the left flank. 

Abraham has done a decent job in a Swansea side that have scored just seven goals in the league this season. 

For that reason, he has earned this call up because he is a capable goal scorer when given the chance. 

Anyone got a feeling that Vardy will be used as an impact sub?

 

Overall thoughts

Looking at the squad as a whole, this is a strong selection although more youngsters deserve a call up. 

England U17s won the U17s World Cup last weekend with an entertaining style, yet none don’t get a call up even if don’t play because the experience of that call up will help them in coming years. 

With Phil Foden and Golden Boot winner with EIGHT goals, Rhian Brewster being amongst two of those victorious players, why not give them a chance to show what they can do on the senior stage? 

Jadon Sancho is also a great future player to try out, especially after Borussia Dortmund called him back mid tournament and put him in a first team match.

There are also several U21 players like Ben Chilwell, Tom Davies and Dominic Solanke who all could of been given a try out in these friendlies. 

In summary, a great squad but ought to of used these friendlies to give youngsters a chance instead. 

 

 

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