On Thursday afternoon, the latest England squad was announced.

Gareth Southgate naming a 27 man squad to face Italy and Holland in friendlies.

If you weren’t included in this squad, then unless there were injury/fitness issues, then you surely stand no chance of getting in the final England squad that will travel to Russia in the summer.

Southgate gave some strange justification for his selection process (see below), with Newcastle fans disappointed that neither Jonjo Shelvey or Jamaal Lascelles were chosen.

Remember, this was a 27 man England squad and the final one will be only 23 that goes in June, plus Southgate named another four players he would have chosen if they hadn’t had fitness issues at the minute.

So do you think one or both of the Newcastle players should have been selected for this 27 man England squad for the March friendlies?

Also, do you think that one or both of them should make the final cut for the 23 man finals squad.

Vote now below please and select the option that most closely matches your opinion (We haven’t included option(s) to say the Newcastle players should have been picked for the 23 man finals squad but not the 27 man squad as that wouldn’t make sense).

The Mag – Earlier Today (Friday 16 March):

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…

  • TheNutJob

    I`d pick Jonjo before Lascelles & i`ll tell you why.
    later !

  • Leazes.

    How can people vote if you haven’t told us who to vote for Graham?

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Gareth Southgate is nothing but a loser and a joke when it comes to the England set up.
    I am no London Utd by any stretch by why have people who have failed England in the past during their playing career, Part of the set up ?
    Gareth Southgate’s mentality when it comes to England is nothing but failure so he brings nothing of any use to the international team.
    If you want to make a shed load of money crying on a pizza advert then Gareth’s your man but forget about managing a successful England team.

    In defence of the utter milksop though, I wouldn’t pick Shelvey for any international team because of his suspect temperament.
    Lascelles has done okay this season but is it enough to warrant an England call up ?

    Answers on a postcard for that one me thinks…

    • Big Al 1967

      Statistically the two worst managers in Middlesboro’s history are Gordon Strachan and one Gareth Southgate. And yet they are deemed fit enough for International management. You cannot make this stuff up!!

      • Leazes.

        I’m still working on Sam Allardyce?

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          That will be a good read

      • Jezza

        They have both managed their countries.

        • Big Al 1967

          That’s why I said ‘they’

          • Jezza

            You have edited your post. You originally said “one of them”.

          • Big Al 1967

            Nope no edit I’m afraid

  • East Durham Mag

    Perhaps we can have some more articles slagging off ex players/managers well as there’s no match for weeks?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The FA stated that the pleb Southgate would keep his job no what what the results are in Russia.
    that alone tells you the state of English football

    • Dillon Tovak

      Really? Christ.
      Job for life no matter how clearly sh|t he’ll/we’ll be.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Yip that was an FA statement last month

  • Toon

    What utter rubbish

  • kingfisher

    Totally pointless article. Who gives a monkeys chuff about England?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      another 2 weeks of this

    • Jezza

      Spot on. Where’s the option to vote “who cares” that’s what I want to know.

      • paul mclaughlan

        There’s a lot of choices. But unfortunately that ain’t one.

  • robbersdog

    That poll – it’s far too complicated, and there doesn’t appear to be an option to choose both Lascelles and Shelvey for the current and World Cup squads – which is the option I would choose.

    But hey, if Southgate reckons that Jake Livermore is playing better than Shelvey, then who am I to argue with a genius who got relegated in his only Premier League management job, and then sacked from the same job because he couldn’t hack it in the Championship? Obviously the guy’s brilliant, because it’s bloody hard to cram so much failure into such a short career as a league manager.

    • Leazes.

      It is isn’t it….its not just me!

    • Paul Patterson

      I dunno, Pardew has given him a good run for his money . .

      • robbersdog

        Poor old Pards…he left Newcastle because he thought the grass was greener somewhere else, and he ends up trashing his career in the process. Mind you, all those pay-offs he gets will keep him in slick suits and trendy specs for the rest of his life.

  • Fireman Sam

    Both Shelvey and Lascelles should be in that squad.

    We will be lucky to get past the group stages.

  • thewildchimp

    Each should have been given a tryout during friendlies. Hodgson and McClaren used to pick on club form/FA directive and we know how it all went… That’s why England has star players but always loses from properly assembled squads.