Gareth Southgate has named his team for the upcoming international fixtures in the month of June.
The Three Lions squad selection is always a topic of great interest in England, and the latest team selection by the England boss has again got the football world talking, as Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier is in line to earn his first cap for the country. Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough is another name on the list who can potentially make his first appearance.
In numbers, Southgate has called 4 goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 7 midfielders and 4 forwards for the matches.
Jermain Defoe, one of the veterans of the relegated Sunderland, to the surprise of many, has kept his place in the squad. However, Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, who has found playing time hard to come by, has again been dropped from the shortlist.
You can check the full list here:
England release the squad for their World Cup qualifier against Scotland & friendly against France. Wayne Rooney left out. pic.twitter.com/QgyppXA4b1
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Talking to TheFA.com about the fixtures, Southgate said: ” The Scotland game is one of football’s great fixtures. We’re in a place in the group where a win can really put us in a very strong position, and that’s what we want to achieve.
“France is a great challenge for us. Our ambition with our friendly matches is to play the best possible teams – we’ve done that by playing Spain and Germany already. They’re teams we want to test ourselves against and these are great opportunities to learn and improve. A game away in the Stade de France will be a brilliant occasion for the players.”
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