The England squad for their upcoming two friendlies was announced by Gareth Southgate at St George’s Park earlier today and the main talking point is Luke Shaw’s return to the fold for the UEFA Nations meeting with Spain and the international friendly with Switzerland
As can be seen, there are few surprises in the squad announcement with the only addition of note being Shaw’s return. The Manchester United player has been out of the mix for some time, however he has enjoyed some excellent form with the Red Devils recently and he will now battle it out with Danny Rose for the left-wing-back position. Some notable omissions are Jamie Vardy, Gary Cahill and Ashley Young with the England manager stating that he wishes to give some experience to a number of youngsters and give them a chance to impress ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Here’s what Southgate had to say:
“We’re obviously coming off the back of a successful summer, so I think there’s a good foundation for us to build on.
“With us only being three games into the season, I felt some continuity was important so those who were with us in the summer deserve the right to go again. Others haven’t really had the opportunity to force themselves ahead of those guys.
“From here we have a two-year lead into the European Championships, so I want us to try and capture what we had this summer and why they felt it went well – but, once we’re through this camp, there’s going to be competition from others. People are going to have to play at a good level to retain their places.”
The big question is, can England build on what was an impressive World Cup showing and give a good account of themselves against Spain and Switzerland?
Many pundits expect the Three Lions to give a decent account of themselves at the upcoming UEFA Nations League and you can get some excellent value on Gareth Southgate’s men, Ladbrokes Bookmakers going 10/1 on England to win the competition.