If statistics chose the England squad

Gareth Southgate announced his England squad on Sunday, with two changes made since due to injury, but not everybody is impressed by his 25-man selection.

Indeed, despite some fantastic alternative English talents being on show in the Premier League this season, the Three Lions’ interim gaffer has stuck with the same old cronies who let the country down at Euro 2016 and struggled to overcome Malta and Slovenia, drawing with the latter outfit, during the last international break.

Accordingly, Football FanCast have spent the last few days thinking about alternative England squads and the best ways to draw them up. In this instance, we’ve adoptedĀ a mathematical methodology, selecting an entire squad based on WhoScored‘s form rankings – which are devised by amalgamating a plethora of diverse performance data.

We won’t give anything away just yet, but we can tell you some of the usual suspects – not least including captain Wayne Rooney, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere – have missed out. So without further ado, here’s the best possible England squad according to the statistics.