Gareth Southgate has named his latest England squad and as expected Declan Rice is among the players to be included for the games against the Czech Republic and Montenegro. While it is a squad that boast a number of exciting young players, there are some who can feel unfortunate to miss out. We’ve taken a look at those who may feel like they should be in there.
Harry Winks has become a regular in the Spurs team since the turn of the year and has impressed when he’s been called upon. He’ll feel unfortunate not to make the cut.
Andros Townsend has enjoyed a great second half of the season at Crystal Palace but seems to have hit a bright patch at the wrong stage of his career, with Southgate keen to take the squad in a younger direction.
The Crystal Palace defender has cemented himself as one of the best young defenders in the Premier League this season. His form warranted a call-up but he misses out on this occasion.
Angus Gunn looks like he has done enough to make himself Southampton’s number one in recent weeks. He misses out, despite Stoke’s Jack Butland being named in the squad.
It had been mooted that James Ward-Prowse could be in with a shout of making the squad after his inspired form for Southampton recently, but it wasn’t to be for the midfielder.
Conor Coady is another player that Gareth Southgate has had his eyes on for some time, but the Wolves defender was not named in the latest squad despite impressing under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Chris Smalling has been much improved for Manchester United in recent weeks, but may need to be more consistent going forward to get back into the England squad.
James Maddison started brightly at Leicester and may feel he had done enough to force himself into the team ahead of the likes of Ross Barkley, but the ex-Norwich man misses out on this occasion.
Southgate was quizzed on Dean Henderson after a stunning season in the Championship, but this squad has come too soon for him. One of the future that fans should keep an eye on.
Having been named in the previous England squad, Alex McCarthy would have been hoping to keep his place, but with regular game time at Southampton no longer guaranteed, he has some work to do in order to win back his place.