As Nations League matches will start next month, the pick for the England squad has been made. Decisions may have surprised some, but England manager Gareth Southgate says he is entirely confident in his choices to pick some controversial characters.
Harry Maguire Included Despite Facing Charges
Despite being found guilty in Greece for aggravated assault, bribery and resisting arrest, Manchester United’s captain Harry Maguire was chosen to be on England’s squad for the upcoming Nations League matches. Gareth Southgate said he was ‘fully behind Harry Maguire’ despite the England defender facing legal proceedings in Greece. The controversial choice to include Maguire in the England squad was made prior to the Manchester United captain’s guilty verdict in Greece courts today.
Other youngsters that were named in the English squad call-up were Phil Foden (20) and Mason Greenwood (18). They were picked to join the England squad for the Nations League games following an impressive season for Manchester City and Manchester United respectively. Gareth Southgate says that the Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood deserves his first England call-up. Kalvin Phillips was also chosen for his first call-up to the England squad after helping Leeds to the Championship title.
Players Left Out Due to Injury
Liverpool midfielders Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as well as Chelsea’s Ross Barkely, were forced to miss out on this call-up to the England squad, due to their injuries. Raheem Sterling was called up by Gareth Southgate after he tested negative for coronavirus. The Manchester City winger attended a party recently with Usain Bolt – who has reportedly tested positive for the virus. The City player’s team-mate Kyle Walker was also included in the England squad for the first time since the Nations League finals last summer. However, other players who were all included in last year’s squad – like Callum Hudson-Odoi, Fikayo Tomori, Callum Wilson and Fabian Delph – will all miss out on this year’s Nations League.