England squad announcement – big players left out and Gareth Southgate’s reasons

Gareth Southgate has announced his England team for the nation’s upcoming UEFA Nation’s League games.

The Euros finalist manager has picked a squad that looks roughly similar to the group of players that helped him reach the final of the tournament last year.

He has also taken the opportunity to have a look at some new talent as well, with James Justin and Jarred Bowen getting their first call ups to the senior England side.

The Leicester and West Ham men join other relatively new additions to the squad, including Crystal Palace’s Marc Guéhi and Conor Gallagher, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale and AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori.

But the squad can only be so big, and for all the excitement of these new players there are a number of other exciting prospects and tried and tested players who have missed out on a spot in the side.

Jordan Henderson

Liverpool captain and Champions League finalist seems to have been omitted from the squad largely because of how close his club's game against Real Madrid is to the Nations League matches.

Speaking about his selection choices Gareth Southgate said: "I was very conscious with the Champions League boys – they've had a remarkable season really and couldn't have been involved with any more games. We've learnt in the last three or four years from players we've had involved in that match that the emotional fall out, win or lose, is very high.

"I spoke with the two lads about where they were with that and where they felt like they were with that – they are in different positions in that with their age. We've got good players in both positions so we've got cover and we felt that Henderson we didn't need to see this summer but we wanted to see Trent with the camp. We gave him the option of joining late but he preferred to keep going and then leave a bit earlier."

James Maddison

Many thought this might be Maddison's opportunity to break back into the side, but the England gaffer said while he, "finished the season very well" the Leicester man "is competing with Mason Mount and Phil Foden".

Maddison scored in each of the four final games in the Foxes’ season.

Southgate added: “It's one of the positions where there is a lot of strength in depth and you may have to leave players out who may be equally as deserving."

Eric Dier

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The England centre-back has been much improved under Antonio Conte and was a crucial part in Tottenham’s charge to the top four in the second half of the season.

Southgate has said that the 33-capped star is "definitely in our thinking" but "we know him", instead opting to have a better look at the lesser-known quantities of such as Fikayo Tomori.

He said: "He's played very well with Spurs. We know him but we don't know some of the younger ones as well so we thought this were a good opportunity to find out about them. He is playing a very specific position – in the centre of three – we may well play with a four or three.

"He's definitely in our thinking but we can't give time to everyone at the moment. We felt it was better to give the chance to Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi and Ben White in this group of fixtures.

"There will still be six weeks at the start of next season before the September camp. There is still time. I wouldn't rule out someone else coming in."

Tyrone Mings

It seems that Tyrone Mings has missed out not through his own fault but rather exceptional performances from other players in his position.

Speaking on the matter, the gaffer said: "Fikayo [Tomori] has had a very good season with AC Milan and I talked in March about wanting to have a look at some of the young centre-backs coming through and some of these guys are slightly ahead of Tyrone [Mings], who has always played well for us. At the same time we have to make opportunities for good young players to have a look at them."

Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell

Many players you’d expect to see in Southgate's side have been plagued with injuries. Speaking about Chilwell and Shaw, Southgate said: “It is a bit of a minefield, in terms of players who have missed football and are coming back from injuries. Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell haven't played anything at all.

Elsewhere Emile Smith-Rowe who dropped out of Mikel Arteta ’s starting XI for the final month of the season, Jadon Sancho who has injury problems, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon – who plays in the wildly under-subscribed left-back position – have all missed out in a spot in the squad.

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