Southampton fans baffled by Bertrand’s exclusion from England World Cup squad

With the domestic season now over, football fans have turned their attention to the World Cup and will certainly keep an eye on their club’s players.

Unfortunately for Southampton, none of their senior players will represent England in Russia as they failed to earn call-ups from manager Gareth Southgate.

Ryan Bertrand, who has been linked to a handful of other clubs, was the likeliest candidate in the Saints setup to make the squad.

However, the 28-year-old, who has been capped 19 times for his country, was not named in the 23-man Three Lions squad.

Instead, Southgate opted for Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose, who started just nine Premier League games this season due to injury and falling below Ben Davies in the pecking order.

Manchester United’s Ashley Young, who is traditionally a winger, is the other man to occupy the left-back slot after making the position his own at Old Trafford this season.

Bertrand – valued at £18m by Transfermarkt – was ever-present in Southampton’s team, starting 35 top-flight matches, but his performances were not enough to warrant a seat on the plane to Russia.

Southampton fans have been left confused by the snub, while others think that it may convince Bertrand to leave this summer.

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