England manager Gareth Southgate named his 25-man squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro – and as is usually the case, not everyone is happy.
The Three Lions boss seemingly has a wealth of young options to choose from at the moment.
It is an exciting time to be an England fan given the efforts of the team at last year’s World Cup.
The team also impressed in the UEFA Nations League at the back end of last year.
Ward-Prowse gets snubbed
One many who will have to wait to add to his one England cap is Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse.
Ward-Prowse made his Three Lions senior bow in 2017 against Germany, but has since been missing from the international setup with a number of compatriots breaking through ahead of him.
Ward-Prowse started off the 2018/19 season in poor form under Mark Hughes, but the midfielder has been revitalised under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Arguably he is playing some of the best football of his career at present. In the last nine games he has scored six goals and made one assist for the Saints.
On Ward-Prowse, Southgate said: “We love Prowsey – this recent spell is his best since we capped him and he’s a world-class set-piece taker, but he’s only recently got back in the team at Southampton.”
Southampton fans react
Southgate words have not washed with a number of Southampton fans, many of whom believe the star should have made it in:
This is literally treason
— calum (@sfccalum) 13 March 2019
Joke excuse. James is in the form of his career & playing every week…..unlike most of the midfield players you actually picked #bigclubbias
— Lefty Guy 🏴🇬🇧🇨🇭 (@guyhenrycharles) 13 March 2019
More goals and games then Dele since january. But thats cool.
— JDUBS (@justinkrause) 13 March 2019
Big team bias
— Jack Harker (@Jackthebrit) 13 March 2019
Should be in there instead of Dier
— #TrustTheProcess (@EmperorWindu) 13 March 2019
Highest English goal scoring midfielder and has the same amount of goals as Kane this year. Ludicrous not to include him. If you neever pick players on form you won’t ever win anything. To much mediocracy in every England squad is the problem.
— Adam Carey (@adamcarey94) 13 March 2019
3 players in that current squad don’t get regular football and keep the bench warm! Yet Prowse is playing regular… scoring etc oh hang on he’s not from a top 6 and was not part of squad in recent time “back to old school days squad announcements”
— Rob Fanstone ⛳️. (@Robf2505) 13 March 2019
— cam (@camsfc) 13 March 2019