Date: 17th May 2018 at 12:38pm
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When Gareth Southgate named his England team this week for the World Cup in Russia, one oversight jumped out at plenty of fans…the lack of Ryan Bertrand.

Granted, as we all know, we’ve hardly had a fantastic season and Bertrand has been far from the only player who hasn’t managed to reach the standards he’d have liked, but with his continued involvement under Southgate despite our Premier League form in 2017/18, seeing him miss out doesn’t make a lot of sense. Especially when the assumption is he’s been replaced by Danny Rose, Ashley Young and possibly Fabian Delph for the left-sided defensive position.

Whilst some fans could more than understand why Southgate would’ve overlooked him for the summer’s adventure, plenty of others were certainly left with a confused feeling.

It is fair to say though, the assumption he would be involved probably says more about the left-sided choices available to England given his form this year. Whilst those who replaced him can certainly be questioned (Young aside maybe) as a player sometimes you just have to look at yourself.

Whether his omission intensifies talk of his future or shuts it down, Southgate skipping on Alex McCarthy may certainly have done us a favour this summer.

 

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