Published: Sun, September 01, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Gareth Southgate reveals reasons for new England call-ups

Gareth Southgate reveals reasons for new England call-ups

The duo were named in Southgate's 25-man Three Lions squad, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tyrone Mings both receiving their first worldwide call-up.

"We tracked him very closely a year ago and thought he had an outstanding season last season, but he should stay with the Under-21 group", the Three Lions boss said.

Uncapped Wan-Bissaka left Crystal Palace to join United in a deal worth £50 million this summer and has promptly earned his first call up, as has Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, who has scored twice this season following his loan spell at Derby.

Gareth Southgate was just getting into his stride when he declared: "We lack some experience in a lot of positions, but we've got to keep evolving as a squad". "I've watched him since 16 playing through the various age groups", said England boss Gareth Southgate.

Leicester playmaker James Maddison, meanwhile, is also selected and could be due to win his first cap against Bulgaria a week on Saturday.

"He's still physically developing and there's some room there but he's starting matches for Chelsea and threatening the goal every game - he looks like he's going to score in every game".

This is in part why, although both upcoming matches are Euro 2020 qualifiers, Southgate will use them as a chance to look at new players and is prepared to leave out established names. Kyle started the season really well so I explained the situation to him. "He's an interesting case as he entered the game a bit later and hasn't played as much as a centre-back". "I have a close dialogue with all of the players that are in the squad and particularly those that aren't in the squad this time".

"His one-against-one defending is exceptional from his work with Roy [Hodgson], who I think is a really good coach in particular with those areas and manipulation of the ball in tight areas".

He said: "I thought it was a tough one to pay but one well worth paying". The 29-year-old striker has already netted four goals this season, leaving him only behind Sadio Mane with 13 league goals this calendar year, leaving the Mail to suggest Southgate hasn't ruled the forward out of his plans.

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