World Cup Qualifiers: The Critical Three Lions Turns to the Seniors over Debutantes

2021-03-21 Football

World Cup Qualifiers are set to begin next week and all teams have announced their official squad for the three fixtures ahead. Some teams happen to experience the potential crisis which led them to name the squad based on the limited players in the pool. One of such teams is England. The Three Lions will miss out a bunch of key names due to the injuries. They are the goalie Jordan Pickford, Tammy Abraham, Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, Callum Wilson, Danny Ings, Jordan Henderson, Harvey Barnes and James Maddison. To replace them, the England boss, Gareth Southgate opts to recall the seniors such as John Stones, Jesse Lindgrad, Kyle Walker, Luke Shaw and Kieran Trippier. Stones and Kyle Walker have displayed convincing form lately and so do Luke Shaw who plays regularly in the starting line up and Jesse Lindgard who instantly becomes the spotlight in West Ham.

Surprisingly, some names have been left out such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Winks and Leeds prolific striker, Patrick Bamford whilst Chelsea’s promising youngster, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Greenwood were already called up for U-21 team. The exclusion of Liverpool’s right back was a tough decision to make for Gareth Southgate as his form this season has not been considered as his best yet, especially after the injury ealier this season plus the fixture congestion in Premier League which leads him behind Kieran Trippier, Reece James and even Kyle Walker in the pecking order. TAA himself has only contributed one goal and three assists so far, which are less compared to Atletico Madrid man, Kieran Trippier with five assists up to now, which implicitly affirms Southgate’s decision.

Meanwhile, the former Middlesbrough and U-21 manager has his own reason regarding Harry Winks, who is even struggling to seal one post regularly in Spurs. The 25-year old midfielder has only featured in 18 games, eight of which are in Europa League with one goal and assist each. Southgate also excluded Patrick Bamford of Leeds despite his impressive form in his Premier League season debut registering 14 goals and 6 assists. He picks Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins who has only bagged ten goals and three assists.

The Three Lions is scheduled to begin their world cup qualifier campaign on the 25th by hosting San Marino, followed by the away fixture in Tirana to meet Albania three days later before taking on Poland on the 31st of March.