Five players who shouldn’t have made Southgate’s England squad
Gareth Southgate has announced his England squad to face Scotland and Spain over the next fortnight.
The Three Lions will take on the Scots on Friday in a 2018 World Cup qualifier before facing a resurgent Spain side at Wembley the following Tuesday.
There are some causes for optimism, particularly the inclusion of last season’s top scorer Harry Kane and a fit-again Jack Wilshere.
Kane appears to have recovered from the ankle injury that kept him out for six weeks and scored a penalty in the North-London derby, while Wilshere is finding his form on loan at Bournemouth.
But as usual, there are some points of contention over the players Southgate has selected in his 25-man squad. There is no place again for Ross Barkley despite some improvement to his Everton performances, while Wayne Rooney’s inclusion will almost certainly split opinion.
Regardless of club from, Rooney’s place seems guaranteed as long as he holds the captain’s armband. But that debate has been done to death, so here’s a look at five more England men who shouldn’t have made Southgate’s latest squad.