Gareth Southgate has dropped Manchester United’s Jessie Lingard from his latest England squad.
Gareth Southgate has brought in several young faces and replaced some of the old guards, such as Lingard, Dele Alli and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain.
On Lingard, Southgate said:
“I think Jesse’s had a difficult period. He’s aware of that.”
“I retain huge faith in Jesse because he’s a player who’s always played well for us, he’s never let us down.”
“His performance level for England has been excellent.”
Southgate quite simply admits there are others doing more.
“As an attacking midfield player, you are going to be judged on your goals and assists.”
“When you look at the likes of [Raheem] Sterling and [Jadon] Sancho, those numbers are high currently.”
“Jesse is another player who we believe can fight his way back into the squad.”
“When you look at those names that we’ve just talked about, it shows you the competition for places that we’ve got.”
On Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dele Alli he continued:
“[Oxlade-Chamberlain] is a little bit like Dele, really, where the season hasn’t quite got going for either of them.”
“But we’re expecting them to challenge in the next couple of months.”
On his final decision he concluded:
“To put them in means I’ve got to leave someone out who’s in form and is playing well – a Mason Mount or a James Maddison.”
“They’re in competition with those guys.”
“Whenever you ask me who I’ve left out, who am I leaving out to bring them back in?”
“It’s a difficult call in those positions. I think all the players would recognise the rationale for the decisions.”
There was the popular inclusion of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori who have been a revelation for Frank Lampards Chelsea.
But Manchester City’s Phil Foden missed out, and Southgate explained why:
“It’s clearly difficult to assess exactly where Phil sits compared to others, given the opportunities at his club.”
“But I totally understand because of the quality of players he’s up against.”
“He’s another player for the future. We have to be patient for his development, but that’s fine.”
“We think he’s still progressing well, he’s learning from one of the best coaches in the world and his time will come.”
— England (@England) October 3, 2019