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Three players who shouldn't have made the latest England squad

Friday 1st September 2017
Last week Gareth Southgate announced his provisional squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia. The squad includes a list of 28 players with three debutants in Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford and Nathaniel Chalobah. Apart from that, notable subtractions come in the form of Theo Walcott through choice and Danny Drinkwater & Michail Antonio through injury.

The Three Lions currently sit top of Group F, two points ahead of Monday's opponents, Slovakia. England are unbeaten in the qualifying stage and Southgate will be hoping to keep things that way. He has the players to do the job, but you can't help but think the squad could be better with a few substitutions.

Here are 3 players who shouldn't be in the latest England squad.

Aaron Cresswell

Perhaps it's his incessant desire to cross a ball but I honestly don't know what Southgate sees in Aaron Cresswell. The 27-year old was part of a porous West Ham defence that conceded a staggering 64 goals last season. That's the same defence that's conceded 10 in goals in 3 games this season, whilst losing all three of those games.

Cresswell is the epitome of what English mediocrity looks like. The full-back has minimal technical ability, poor positional awareness and his physical capabilities are nothing to be feared. At 27 years of age, Cresswell has peaked in terms of footballing ability with not much scope for improvement. Kieran Gibbs and when fit, Luke Shaw should always be picked over him.

Jake Livermore

Robust, sturdy and strong, Jake Livermore is nothing more than a decently average player. He's a jack of not many trades and obviously a master of none. The West Brom midfielder is the perfect Tony Pulis disciple as he values defensive work rate over any attacking contribution. Livermore is a solid player defensively, but in the role, he plays for England (CM) his attributes will not do much to break down the low-blocks of Malta and Slovakia.

The fact that Jake Livermore is in the England team ahead of Jack Wilshere is almost unforgivable. Wilshere is fit and ready to take England to new heights again and a player of his calibre only comes around once in a generation for England.  And Gareth Southgate wouldn't be wise to misuse such a talent.

Danny Welbeck

If England wants to move onto greater things, the likes of Danny Welbeck & co. can no longer be considered key components of the team. The 26-year old was a constant fixture in Roy Hodgson's England setup and he looks set to continue to be a mainstay in Southgate's vision.

In his playing career Danny Welbeck has scored 53 goals in 214 appearances, that's literally less than 1 in 4. Never forget that Danny Welbeck is a striker, such numbers cannot be defended. He may be powerful, quick and strong but from a technical standpoint, Welbeck is sub par at best.

When Southgate first arrived, he was playing 3 at the back and thus branded as a revolutionary for English football. To live up to that name, Southgate must drop Welbeck from the squad in favour of exciting youngsters like Dominic Solanke.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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