News that there are no Liverpool players named in the England squad for 2022 World Cup qualifiers later this month has been welcomed with glee by Reds’ fans across the country.
“I don’t think he has played to the level he found in the last couple of years but I think he is getting close to that now,” said Southgate of Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s absence from the 26-man squad. “He has taken steps in the right direction.”
Now let’s concentrate on staying fit and training ahead of a busy last couple of months as we look to claim a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Confirmed England squad
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Nick Pope (Burnley).
Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jesse Lingard (West Ham, on loan from Manchester United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).