Gareth Southgate shows ruthless

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Gareth Southgate has warned his England players that nobody should feel safe about their positions after a day of extensive changes that saw him axe Alex Oxlade‑Chamberlain from his latest squad as well as potentially ending the international careers of Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe and announcing that Chris Smalling was also out because the Manchester United player was not good enough on the ball.

In a series of difficult early morning telephone calls, Southgate dropped a total of seven players on the back of his comments at the previous England get-together that there were people in his Womens Ty Montgomery Jersey squad who had not necessarily justified their inclusions and were lucky to be involved.
With a number of players returning from injury for the forthcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil, it is clear now who Southgate meant after a ring-round that also included hard-luck calls to Jake Livermore, a player the England manager has previously championed, as well as Fraser Forster and Aaron Cresswell.
Southgate began by telling Oxlade-Chamberlain he was being left out because of his erratic form since joining Liverpool and made it clear the player needed to start more games for his new club if he wanted to be involved in the World Cup next summer. Southgate’s explanation for Sturridge’s omission was along the same lines – “I don’t remember the last time Daniel had 90 minutes,” he later explained – but the “toughest call”, according to the England manager, was to Smalling bearing in mind the reasons for leaving out a player who, until now, Womens Ty Montgomery Jersey has been a regular whenever he has been fit.
“We want to play a certain way,” Southgate said. “We want to see the players we’ve brought in using the ball from the back and building up in a certain way. I have huge respect for Chris and he’s obviously at a big club. I think he can [play that way]. But we have players like John Stones, Eric Dier and Harry Maguire who are even better.”
Instead, Southgate has brought in Joe Gomez for the first time as well as asking Tammy Abraham, the Swansea City striker, to fill the void left by Sturridge’s absence and calling up Ruben Loftus‑Cheek even though the Crystal Palace player is yet to appear on a winning side this season. Gomez has been playing at right-back for Liverpool but Southgate regards the 20-year-old as another centre‑half – describing him, in stark contrast to his analysis of Smalling, as someone who “can use the ball”.
England now have 13 players aged 24 or below, and six who are 21 or under, even with Ashley Young rejoining the squad on the back of his impressive recent form for Manchester United and hoping to make his first international appearance since September 2013. At 32, Young is now the oldest player in the England squad and Southgate said he did not envisage any lingering issues after the player’s clash with Dele Alli during United’s game against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. “In terms of an on-field confrontation, it seemed fairly good-natured – both players laughing and smiling, giving each other some verbals,” Southgate said. “That has always been part of the game. You expect the players to fight for their club and fight for their shirt and when they come together they are fighting for England. I don’t see it Womens Ty Montgomery Jersey as any issue at all.”
England play Germany at Wembley next Friday, followed by Brazil’s visit four days later, but the bad news for the players who have been left out is that they then have four months to wait until the next international break.
The Football Association has arranged games against Holland in Amsterdam on 23 March and another friendly against Italy at Wembley four days later and Southgate said all of his players were vulnerable if they lost their club places. “I don’t think anybody can sit back and safely think they’re going to be involved next summer. In every position on the field there’s really strong competition. If I had to do it tomorrow [pick a squad] I’d know who I’d take, but over the next six months that could evolve drastically.”
Southgate’s thinking is largely based on what he told the players soon after taking the job, namely that they should not expect to be involved with England if they were not playing for their clubs. He has made an exception for Danny Rose now the Spurs left-back is fit again and Jesse Lingard has been given the benefit of the doubt.


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