Fans SLAM Southgate after Harry Maguire call-up and Jadon Sancho snub

‘How has Maguire made the squad?’: Fans SLAM Gareth Southgate after he calls-up out-of-favour Harry Maguire and LEAVES OUT in-form Jadon Sancho… as Three Lions boss names penultimate England squad before the World Cup

  • Gareth Southgate named his penultimate England squad before the World Cup
  • The Three Lions face Italy and Germany in two Nations League games
  • Jadon Sancho was left out of the squad while Harry Maguire kept his place
  • Fans slammed Southgate’s decisions and expressed their anger on social media 
  • Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates

Football fans have slammed Gareth Southgate’s decision to include Harry Maguire in England’s penultimate squad ahead of this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.

The Three Lions boss named a 28-man squad on Thursday ahead of Nations League games with Italy and Germany this month.

The headline news was that Southgate kept faith with out-of-favour Manchester United pair Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, while Jadon Sancho, Conor Gallagher and Marcus Rashford were left out.

Ivan Toney received his first England call-up after his sparkling early season form for Brentford, while Eric Dier has earned a recall to the squad, having not featured for his country since November 2020. 

Fans slammed Gareth Southgate’s after he called-up Harry Maguire and left out Jadon Sancho

The call-up for Maguire, along with the absence of Sancho caused the most anger amongst England fans who were quick to express their views on social media.

One fan said: ‘Shaw and Maguire make the England squad, but Sancho and Rashford don’t? Ok man lol.’

Another quipped: ‘How the F*** has Maguire made the ENGLAND squad?!?!?!?’ 

Another fan echoed this view and highlighted how Arsenal defender Ben White had been hard done by to miss out. 

They said: ‘How on God’s green earth do Coady and Maguire get into this squad over Ben White?’

This view was backed-up elsewhere: ‘Ben White is quickly becoming one of the most underrated players in the Premier League. Absolutely scandalous to leave him out of an England squad that includes Harry Maguire and Conor Coady.’ 

Meanwhile, United forward Jadon Sancho has started to show signs of being back to his best so far this year under Erik ten Hag, scoring twice in the Premier League.

After being a member of England’s squad at Euro 2020, it was expected that he would be recalled and fans weren’t happy to see the former Borussia Dortmund star miss out.

One said: ‘Southgate’s selections make zero sense. He dropped Sancho when Ole wasn’t playing him, fair enough. But why’s Luke Shaw being selected when he no longer starts? Why’s Grealish and Mount being called up when they’re in very bad form at the moment?’

Another said: ‘No Sancho but Grealish? I thought Southgate was all about form? Also why not use this chance before the World Cup to call up Marcus Edwards and see what he’s like in the squad?’

A further fan claimed: ‘Ben White and Sancho really unlucky not to be part of that squad….Southgate picking a load of players who can’t get in their first team and closing the World Cup door on those two.’ 

Full England squad 


Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest on loan from Manchester United), Nick Pope (Newcastle), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)


Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Everton, on loan from Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)


Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)


Tammy Abraham (Roma), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Ivan Toney (Brentford)


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