Gareth 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).