Gareth Southgate named his latest England squad on Thursday afternoon.

With friendlies against Holland and Italy this month, Southgate named 27 players.

Ahead of the squad being revealed, there had been a lot of speculation, particularly amongst Newcastle fans, as to whether Jamaal Lascelles and/or Jonjo Shelvey would be included.

They weren’t.

Gareth Southgate instead named the following:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defenders: Kyle Walker, John Stones (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Alfie Mawson (Swansea)

Midfielders: Eric Dier, Dele Alli (both Tottenham Hotspur), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (all Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Jake Livermore (West Brom)

Forwards: Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

After the 27 man squad was announced, Gareth Southgate attempted to explain/justify his selections.

Some of his reasoning makes about as much sense as the decision by the FA to appoint him in the first place, his only previous experience of management being to relegate Middlesbrough from the Premier League.

Gareth Southgate:

“My preference is always that you have clarity for the players, in terms of you need to be playing regularly, you need to be in good form.”


Danny Welbeck has only started two Premier League matches in the last five months.

As for Jake Livermore…like his team, he has been really poor and has scored no Premier League goals and has only one assist all season. The only form he has shown is nicking the taxi in Spain with his three West Brom team-mates.

Southgate goes on to say…

“It’s obvious to everybody we have a very small number of English-qualified players in the Premier League.

“On top of that a lot of our better players have missed time with injury or through selection have missed matches.

“There are a few players that are not in this squad that are not out of our mind.

“There are clearly some inclusions of players that are playing well for their club and who are getting their first call-up.

“There are some in particular that if they were playing at the moment they would have been in – Fabian Delph, Phil Jones and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

“They are all close to fitness but have not played in matches and are in the early stages of their recovery. Plus Harry Kane, they are four that would be in our thinking.”

The England manager has named four uncapped players – Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Nick Pope, Swansea defender Alfie Mawson and Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook.

I think you have to say that the chances of Lascelles and/or Shelvey going to Russia are about  on the same level as seeing Sunderland back in the Premier League any time soon.

Gareth Southgate can only name 23 in his World Cup squad, so when you think he picked a 27 man squad yesterday AND said Kane, Delph, Jones and Loftus-Cheek would all have been included if they were fully fit.

That makes 31 players who are already definitely ahead of the Newcastle pair in his thinking…

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Iv`e got no time for the guy, he should never have been given the job as manager of England.

    • Kneebotherm8

      He fell into the job really……….after all the shenanigans…….

      • Lord

        Yeh – what other options were there really? Pardew? Maybe Wenger will be available soon.

        • Peaky Magpie

          Geordie John……the self confessed greatest of all…

          • Kneebotherm8

            Oh!……..forgot about him……..Us and West brom have got a lot to thank him for…………he’s a legend………..or should that be leg end?

          • Peaky Magpie

            More like a total 🛎🔚..

    • HarryHype59

      Fair point, but neither should Fat Sham!

  • Kev-82

    Shelvey doesn’t stand out as England class but when you look at what’s there he deserves a chance, he’s got that pass in him that can unlock a defence which could be needed if a game isn’t going to plan in the world cup, what exactly can Livermore offer? I feel more sorry for Lascelles, the lad has been fairly solid all season, performing in a poor team and has seen several other players given a chance at international level in his position this season. Pretty shameful for Southgate to come out with those comments when he’s picked players like Danny Welbeck.

  • Leazes.

    I couldn’t give a dam* (american site strange list of banned words) about the London team….

    ….. but I would hazard a guess that Shelvey wasn’t included because of the concerted efforts of Lee Ryder attacking him, running polls asking if he should be dropped and sold, this was picked up by a number of online media sites including the Mag!

    There you go!

  • HarryHype59

    Ingurland will mirror Spurs, Chelsea and Man U in the world cup.

  • Paul Patterson

    Well, I suppose he can’t come out and just say- ‘I didn’t pick them because their faces don’t fit’ can he?

    • Jamie Lumley

      His face doesn’t fit…..

      • Rich Lawson

        No,didn’t he even wear a bag over his head for the infamous pizza commercial ?

  • steveS100

    It’s a joke that Southgate is England manager. His entire management career consists of 3 years at Middlesbrough culminating in their relegation from the Premiership and then 3 years in charge of the England under 21s in which, after qualifying for the European championships (which must be a given for any manager surely) they finished bottom of their group.

    • Paul Patterson

      But hes a nice guy and a yes man. That’s what counts..

  • Wor Monga

    What does it matter?… the London and Manchester media pick the squad, and neither Shelvey or Lascelles would get any where near pitch time even though (without naming Kane) there isn’t a real world quality player in the entire 27…

    …like Southgate (by PL standards) they’re strictly average collectively and as individuals, and the team that plays will be almost totally picked from the players that played in the earlier rounds against the likes of Malta and Slovenia…

    …They’ll get through the early rounds by drawing and low scoring wins, and then get beat the first time they come up against one of the real big guns in the knockout stages…we mightn’t like it but that’s the sorry truth of competitive international football and England these days…so what does it matter?!!!

    • LA Toon

      Agree with you about England’s form over the past decades. As a 12 yearold watching the group stages at Ayresome Park in 1966 and England winning the World Cup, I assumed we won every 4 years lol! I no longer watch England and will definately avoid the World Cup this year with Russia being the host. I wonder how many roubles were paid to the FIFA officials.🤔

    • custurd

      Yeah. We’ll get knocked out by one of the big guns, like… Iceland :-)

  • Mal

    Joe Hart. Really?

    • Leazes.

      He turned rafa down at the start of the season.

      • Wor Monga

        …I see!…you believe everything you read in the chronicle then!!!

  • Dillon Tovak

    Shelvey ok, but leaving out Lascelles is criminal. Captaincy qualities and a threat from set pieces, as well as obviously a good CB. Southgate is a joke.

    • Big Al 1967

      And as usual our Southern based press fail to ask the pertinent questions to this muppet Yes man. A couple of months back he said you had to play regular First team football and yet still picks Hart and Welbeck!! I would guarantee this though; if Jamaal played for Tottenham or the Unhappy Hammers he would be in the starting eleven.

      • Dillon Tovak

        No doubt.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    We have a third rate national manager picking second rate players on top class wages .. the Premier league and our clubs hunt for cheaper foreign players has gradually diluted the talent pool in England.. however, there can be no excuse in some of Southgate’s selections.. mind boggling inclusions like Mawson and Livermore only highlight the managers lack of ability .. it’s shocking really .. when you think of the competition back in the 90’s for squad places and the managers job the embarrassment of the FA is complete.
    I watched Chris Sutton talk alongside Glen Hoddle recently where he remembers his great mistake of turning Down the chance to play for England B .. he was behind Shearer, Sherringham, Fowler, Wright, Ferdinand, Cole and a young Michael Owen .. that competition was mirrored throughout the squad and the England B side was just as competitive .. I look at today’s England and while the players and management are more professional, are monitored and assessed in everything they do and have the very best conditions laid on for them to perform… they just aren’t as talented and natural as years ago… that’s a failing at every level from our national leagues and their governing bodies. If Southgate and Henderson are the answer then we’ve been asking the wrong question.

    • Paul Patterson

      When you mention that group, it’s staggering.

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        I know, and players like Hurst and Armstrong weren’t even mentioned

  • Bob Burton

    On the bright said, had they been picked and performed well, we would lose them. There’s always a madness sets in after a world Cup where any decent performance results in silly transfer fees changing hands. I’ll be happy of they have a quiet summer with their family rather than out there advertising their skills. Selfish? Oh yes, unashamedly. I want them lining up for us next season.

  • Jamie Lumley

    Might all turn out to be academic anyway, with Russia tyring to kill people on our streets. The pressure will spread to teams and sponsors not to go…. Is anyone still planning on going? Can’t see it being a very good atmosphere, especially with Jake Liverspot…

  • magpiefifer

    I’m not unhappy that none of our players are in the England squad – good for NUFC that they will be playing only for us,and being in the England squad theses days is no great shakes.
    Shame for Lascelles especially,but his turn will probably come.