The 28-man England squad for November games against the USA and Croatia was officially announced on Thursday.
Wayne Rooney has been included but will only feature in the friendly match against the US as part of a charity arrangement. The match will also serve as an honouring of the ex-Manchester United and Everton striker’s international career.
There was a first-time call-up for in-form Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, with Everton defender Michael Keane being recalled after some good early form for the Toffees.
There were also spots for Marcus Bettinelli, Jadon Sancho, Lewis Dunk and Ben Chilwell.
One man who was snubbed this time around though was Arsenal defender Rob Holding, with a number of Arsenal fans believing he deserved a chance off Gareth Southgate.
Holding has undoubtedly improved
Perhaps they have a point.
Holding has really improved this season under the guidance of Unai Emery, and his partnership with Shkodran Mustafi is looking more assured with each passing week.
He has filled in for the injured Sokratis and Laurent Koscielny really well, and looks as though he might take some shifting from the Gunners’ backline now.
He was man of the match against Watford in September, and has averaged 4.7 clearances per game, with just 0.5 fouls (via WhoScored).
Arsenal fans react
Gunners supporters were a little disappointed to say the least with the snub for their man given his recent upturn in form:
Lewis Dunk in the England squad ahead of Rob Holding is actually a joke. Has Southgate watched any Arsenal games this season? Holding is the most in-form English centre-back in the league.
— Harry 🇬🇧🏴 (@AFC_Harry34) 8 November 2018
i think rob holding deserved a call up to the england squad smh
— pippa (@ffspippa) 8 November 2018
Surely Rob Holding should be in line for an England call up soon. Been Arsenal’s best defender this season…
— Harris Redgrove (@harrisredgrove) 8 November 2018
Rob Holding was robbed of an England call up.
— *ethaN (@ethaNqz_) 8 November 2018
How the hell is Rob Holding not in the England squad above Lewis Dunk? pic.twitter.com/p3mJab2c6R
— Ed Hall (@edhallisaway) 8 November 2018
What does Rob Holding need to do to get a England call up?
— Ben Wright (@95BenWright95) 8 November 2018
Please someone explain why Rob Holding isnt in the England squad……
— GOONERJ1886 (@goonerj4949) 8 November 2018
How does rob holding not get a chance in that England squad?? You’re blind Gareth 🤔
— Liam Partridge (@LiamPartridge) 8 November 2018
Lewis dunk is ahead of Rob holding in the England squard I’m done
— RAKZ 🇯🇲 (@RakzMG) 8 November 2018
No Rob Holding in the England squad🤔 i thought he might have done enough to get a call up? I get the feeling Southgate doesn’t like Gooners
— Daddy-Gooner (@pm1gooner) 8 November 2018
Rob Holding obviously left out of the England squad due to a bad back from carrying Mustafi this season
— Billy Stone (@BillyStone125) 8 November 2018