Four England selections Gareth Southgate got wrong

Gareth Southgate announced his 27-man England squad last week for upcoming friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy, and because of the lesser level of proven top-quality available to the Three Lions these days it has inevitably divided opinion.

While it’s always exciting to see young players given the chance to prove themselves at senior level, it still feels as if some Englishmen enjoying good form were overlooked in the process – perhaps because they don’t ply their trades with fashionable, high-end Premier League clubs.

And that could prove to be a huge mistake on Southgate’s part as we head into the World Cup. Although the England gaffer has taken a long-term approach to his tenure, looking to build a side for the future, the tournament in Russia this summer is knockout football from practically the first game – a little dose of pragmatism could go a very long way.

With that in mind, here’s a look at four players who shouldn’t have been included in Southgate’s latest squad, and the four players who should have been called up instead.