England Under-21s squad: Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Mason Mount in but Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden overlooked
Chelsea youngster Mason Mount and Crystal Palace's impressive full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been handed their first England Under-21 call ups but there was no place for Phil Foden or Jadon Sancho in the squad. Midfielder Mount, on loan at Derby, has looked good on loan at Derby County this season after an impressive campaign with Vitesse Arnhem last year. Wan-Bissaka, meanwhile, has started three games for Palace this month after beating out Joel Ward for the starting berth at...
Gareth Southgate defends omitting emerging talent and warns he will not hand out easy England caps
Gareth Southgate has warned England’s young players that he does not intend to hand out easy international caps, having decided against debut call-ups for the likes of Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho. The England manager named his 23-man squad for forthcoming matches against Spain and Switzerland on Thursday and largely kept faith with those who achieved the national team’s best World Cup finish in 28 years....
Gareth Southgate finds rare balance to leave England's present and future in safe hands
One theory for why World Cup winners so often fall at the first hurdle four years later – France in 2002, Italy in 2010, Spain in 2014, Germany this summer – is that the manager retains a little too much faith in the players who brought such success. Blinded by the triumph, he lets them linger a little longer than they should and the team’s natural churn is halted. Of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning XI, six started the first match in Russia, a 1-0 defeat to Mexico. Success breeds success, but if left unchecked it can also foster stagnation and decline....