When Gareth Southgate turned up at St James Park for the Crystal Palace match last month, it was assumed he had come along to watch the likes of Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey ahead of picking his next England squad.

With friendlies against Brazil and Germany, it was seemingly a chance for the failed club manager to try something new with England.

Naming a 25 man squad, Gareth Southgate ignored the Newcastle players, choosing instead to pick the likes of Ashley Young who turns 23 in July, plus southern based younger players such as Winks, Abraham, and Palace’s Loftus-Cheek.

With six players (so far) dropping out, Gareth Southgate has responded by calling up three replacements.

Michael Keane who has been woeful for Everton since his move from Burnley, plus midfielders Jake Livermore and Jack Cork.

Choosing to leave the other gaps unfilled, Southgate has ignored Jonjo Shelvey.

Whilst Livermore and Cork are two solid hard working Premier League midfielders, I don’t think any neutral would see them as potentially being first choice for England.

Shelvey may have his faults but he has shown in the past that he can do it for England and with his range of passing, definitely has a talent that could be used against the very best.

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Gareth Southgate, when announcing his squad, claimed it was ‘An opportunity to look at new players and a different way of playing’.

Looking at his selection, it looks just the same as normal, boring robot central midfielders who will pass sideways and backwards, achieving next to little apart from keeping the ball in safe areas.

In all, Southgate has called up 28 players for this squad, including replacements. They are drawn from 14 different Premier League clubs but interestingly not one from the three promoted clubs.

Burnley – Jack Cork

Chelsea – Gary Cahill

Crystal Palace – Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Everton – Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford

Leicester – Harry Maguire, Jamie Vardy

Liverpool – Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson

Man City – John Stones, Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph

Man Utd – Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young

Southampton – Ryan Bertrand

Stoke – Jack Butland

Swansea – Tammy Abraham

Tottenham –  Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Harry Kane

West Brom – Jake Livermore

West Ham – Joe Hart

Gareth Southgate:

“We always wanted to look at the team and how it might evolve, and these two matches give us an opportunity to look at new players and a different way of playing.

“These are opportunities to test ourselves. We could try things against lesser opposition and it could go well, but we wouldn’t really know where we stand.

“With the two games we’ve got, it will be a really good barometer of the level of performance [required]. They will be a really good benchmark.”

“We qualified with an excellent record. We want to improve our performances. These matches will excite the public, they will excite the players, and I think we will have two really good crowds at Wembley.”

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  • Rich Lawson

    The’re friendlies and as usual many players are suddenly injured ( but back for the next club game !) Big crowds to see the opposition not your hopeless selections,put some of the young lads on who have just won cups instead of prem’ no hopers ? Shelvey will never get picked under Southgate ? (My pizza is late by the way Gareth)

  • TubbyMunky

    I can see the case for not picking Shelvey – suspect temperament – but Lascelles has played well enough to get selected.

    • Wor Lass

      Completely agree.

    • mentalman

      Southgate is picking the young lads he managed in the youth set up whether they are up to it or not, there’s no way Pickford, loftus cheek, keane etc should be anywhere near the england squad

  • Wor Lass

    A classic example of what I referred to in a comment on the Shearer/Lascelles threaad. WHY would the FA have a vendetta against nufc and our players? Who have we got who would deserve to be in the England squad more than a born-again Ashley Young? Why wouldn`t Winks get another go after his performance in the last game? Have you watched Tammy Abrahams lately (and in the recent world cup)? OK, many of our fans think Jonjo is good enough. Personally, I think it`s borderline – attacking potential v defensive deficiences – but what probably tips the balance against him is his temperament. In the last 14 months he`s had those two bans and is well known to be easily wound up. He`s still got a lot to prove but shouldn`t let his head drop. He`s got the talent but has to show, in the longer term, that he can work hard when he hasn`t got the ball and he can control his reactions.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      If Jonjo wanted to stamp on anyone it should be Southgates Heed

      • Wor Lass

        It`s big enough.

  • Gallowgate1982

    I hope Shelvey or any of our players never get picked for England …as well as the injury record I would also point to big time charlies destabilising players with tales of exorbitant wages and the “why don’t you come to our club our Manager really likes you” tapping up from players on behalf of their managers….it definitely goes on in international dressing rooms and especially when the England lot get together. Its exactly where Raheem Sterling was groomed in his Liverpool days

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Jonjo`s best out of it, Southgates an Idiot & the England teams a shambles.
    they wont reach the 2nd round of games in the World Cup next year.
    they`ll be back with their tails between their legs on the 1st Plane.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    In the last few days, The idiot Southgate berated the under 17 lads for reversing their shirts to show their names for a Photo shoot.
    FFS, those kids had just won the World Cup !
    A $$HOLE !

  • hetonmag

    Dodged a bullet their Jon Jo you are too forward thinking for that Dinosaur.

  • Paul Patterson

    Simple, if he is ever picked in future, refuse to go. Stuff your call up.

  • Peaky Magpie

    England only ever had decent teams under Venables 96,Robson 90 & Ramsey 66.The rest forget it.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose


    • Andynufc

      Thought the 98 team was decent also

      • Peaky Magpie

        Good point,would put them in the next group down probably but since 2000 onwards it’s been a constant dawn of false hope.

  • Doug Dacre

    The FA have created a systematic approach to all squads, which to be fair, and whether we agree with it or not, seems to be working…
    However this system would have excluded people like Gazza, Messi, Best, Maradonna etc as they are not 6ft athletes who do as told without question.
    Flair is being coached out of the game, and not liked at the top level as cannot be controlled and unpredictable…..Well Mr Southgate I pay my money to see things I couldn’t do, and NOT 11 athletes following your instructions to the letter, and this is why Wembley is half empty even at £20 a ticket and £10 for kids…Like Southgate himself……..It’s BORING!!

  • Mxpx

    Sadly I’ve rules myself out for the summer already with a broken ankle but I’d fancy my chances against these lot