Southgate on excluded players
England manager Gareth Southgate has been speaking to the media this morning following yesterday’s England squad announcement.
Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey were both left out – here’s Southgate’s reasoning on why, particularly touching on temperament which, in the case of Shelvey, was believed to be a factor.
“In terms of temperament, I’ve seen the likes of Gerrard, Vieira, Kane – they pick up a lot of bookings, so that wouldn’t be the primary factor in our selection.
“They have to fit into our system – and we have to ask, do their character and personality fit into our group?
“We’ve watched hundreds of games this season, live and back at home, and even more downloaded in our coaching room.
“We know all the English players in the league. We think the players we have picked are better than those we haven’t. We assess somebody on how they fit into how we want to play.”