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Southgate reveals why he ditched Antonio

Michail AntonioGareth Southgate has given his reasons for leaving Michail Antonio out of his latest England squad for the games against Scotland and Spain .

The wanabee England full time boss said: “”We are fortunate we have some very good players in those positions,” said Southgate. “We have strength in depth and competition for places.

Antonio and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were the two players dropped, with the interim manager revealing it had been difficult to break the news to the pair over the phone.
He said: “Any of those guys could force their way into the squad. I had to take the decision for the games on Friday and Tuesday and that was the balance of squad we wanted.

England squad to face Scotland and Spain: Forster (Southampton), Hart (Torino), Heaton (Burnley); Bertrand (Southampton), Cahill (Chelsea), Clyne (Liverpool), Jagielka (Everton), Keane (Burnley), Rose (Tottenham), Stones (Man City), Walker (Tottenham); Dier (Tottenham), Drinkwater (Leicester), Henderson (Liverpool), Wilshere (Bournemouth), Lallana (Liverpool), Lingard (Man Utd), Rooney (Man Utd), Sterling (Man City), Townsend (Crystal Palace); Walcott (Arsenal), Kane (Tottenham), Rashford (Man Utd), Sturridge (Liverpool), Vardy (Leicester).

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3 comments on “Southgate reveals why he ditched Antonio

  1. Same tired old names with most likely the same tired old result.Try picking some players who want to play for England rather than the ones that expect to play for England.

  2. Agree – gutless decision. Fill the roster with big names and lose again.

  3. There was a time when i was proud when our players were picked for England, now i’m just relieved when they are not…

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