Ian Wright has criticized Gareth Southgate’s England selection process after a number of fit stars were once again overlooked and the BBC expert claimed that “certain players are guaranteed spots.”
Southgate named his last team to the Three Lions on Thursday afternoon before this month’s two World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.
The returns of Marcus Rashford and Jude Bellingham were the headlines, while Manchester United couple Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard were skipped as a result of their lack of playing time.
Ian Wright has criticized the selection process of England manager Gareth Southgate
Wright said the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Conor Gallagher will be ‘gutted’ to be overlooked
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse
Forward: Tammy Abraham, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling
But there were also a lot of fit stars left out, with the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Conor Gallagher both still out of Southgate’s thinking.
His good form from West Ham and Crystal Palace respectively in the Premier League was expected to be rewarded with a call-up.
But Southgate has stayed true to a number of players who are often a part of his plans even though his form has not attracted attention lately, such as Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings and James Ward-Prowse.
Wright, the Match of the Day expert who also reviews England games for ITV, was frustrated by Southgate’s picks and said those who thought they might have had a chance to be called up would be “ shattered. ”
In addition to Bowen and Gallagher, Wright was stumped that AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori lost his place in the October squad, while West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell and Arsenal’s Ben White were also left out.
Wright, who won 33 matches for England and scored nine goals, tweeted Thursday: ‘I’ve been there where form is ignored and certain players are guaranteed spots!
‘It is difficult to accept because there is nothing you can do. I don’t know what Tomori needs to do to get in and have a chance.
Cresswell, Bowen, White, Gallagher will all be gutted.
Southgate briefly touched on a pair of players who were harshly overlooked at his press conference when he announced the team.
Jarrod Bowen (left) and Conor Gallagher (right) have been in top form at the club level
He said: ‘It’s always difficult (to choose a team) because we have a lot of competition for places and we were missing quite a few players last time, which means you bring others. Then you have to make more decisions.
Also, some young players who are playing well and who have not made it to the squad.
‘So we’ve kept a reasonable amount of consistency, really, with the groups they were with in the summer. They did very well, we are only five international games away from that. But there are also players who push that group very hard.
Gareth Southgate was left with a lot of his England regulars, despite his form
“Emile (Smith-Rowe), Conor Gallagher, Marc Guehi, in particular, are playing well with their clubs and to put them we would have to leave some of these on the sheet.”
Rashford is returning to the England team for the first time since Euro 2020 after undergoing shoulder surgery following the final loss to Italy.
Maguire, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James returned from injury for this month’s games, although Kieran Trippier and Tomori withdrew.
Bellingham and Kalvin Phillips entered midfield, while Ollie Watkins was out and Mason Greenwood was absent again.
The Manchester United trio of Greenwood, Sancho and Lingard were the most striking omissions of Southgate’s selection.
“Well, I think with Mason, I talked about the situation last time, so we’ve been through that,” he said, having discussed the focus on long-term development after leaving Greenwood out last month.
‘With Jesse and Jadon, I mean they just aren’t playing a lot of football compared to the other players in their positions.
Ben White has been a defensive stone for Arsenal, but was deemed not good enough for England.
‘I know people say I’m inconsistent, but I don’t think I am. If you play regularly for your club, you have a much better chance that we will assess your level compared to the rest of the group.
‘Sometimes there will be a lot of depth in one position and there may not be as much depth in another position and the player who is in the position with less depth could have a better chance of entering with less stick time.
‘With these two guys (Lingard and Sancho), they have great competition for the positions in the positions they play. Jesse has had 10 to 15 minutes. I don’t know what his form is, what his physical state is, really, to be able to evaluate him against the rest of the group.
When I spoke to them, both guys totally understood that. You get it. They know that at this point they have to start playing for their club and play well and then England is an advantage at the top. But they are both players who have done well for us and I am sure they will come back with us ”.