The 2018 England World Cup Squad has been named.
Gareth Southgate revealing his 23 man squad on Wednesday afternoon.
As feared, the list is missing both Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey.
With neither having been picked by Southgate for a single squad so far, it would have been a pleasant surprise if either had been included.
When it comes to who has been picked ahead of the Newcastle pair…
With Jamaal Lascelles, I would say Cahill especially is lucky, as he has been pretty rubbish this season. Southgate sticking with what he knows, as is the case with Phil Jones who hasn’t been great for Man Utd either. Harry Maguire has had a lot of positive press this season but looked really poor when Newcastle won 2-1 at Leicester last month.
As for Jonjo Shelvey…Henderson was always going to be selected and the same with Dier. Maybe though with 23 places to fill, Southgate could and probably should have found a place for Shelvey as somebody who could offer something a bit different – especially when it comes to going forward rather than the more negative play you usually see from England midfielders.
Looking at the squad overall, I find it bizarre that Danny Welbeck gets a place, I think he and Gary Cahill are the weakest selections. At least Joe Hart didn’t make it, that would have been a really really weak decision.
Gareth Southgate’s 23 man squad: