Published: Sat, November 04, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Southgate: Wilshere Must Play For Arsenal, To Play For England

Southgate: Wilshere Must Play For Arsenal, To Play For England

However, the 25-year-old has been overlooked for the squad for the November friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

In their place, Southgate gave three uncapped youngsters a surprise nod - Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and striker Tammy Abraham of Swansea.

Abraham, Loftus-Cheek and Gomez will have a chance to stake their claim this month, with Southgate ready to back them should they prove their worth. "It looks like they're all going to go into the knockout stages now". These guys have been among our "high performers" right through our age-groups, highlighted right the way through.

"With Henderson and Dier in there you are just relying on Alli and Kane to do what they are doing for Spurs, but it doesn't work like that in global football".

The news of some players' exclusion from the 47-year-old manager's selection came as a shock to many, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jermain Defoe also alongside the aforementioned trio who missed out. These players have the technical ability and physical attributes to be among the best and we have to give them that opportunity. "I'm excited by [Phil] Foden and [Jadon] Sancho".

"Chris has proved (himself) - he's got 30 caps, he plays for Manchester United, so I know what he can do".

Three players have received their first senior England call-up.

"We're picking from a smaller base". The players we've brought in we want to see using the ball from the back and building up in a certain way.

"What I don't think you do is brush the experience under the carpet", he explained.

"We know he's the type of footballer we want". That, for me, should be part of the learning process. This is an opportunity to look at different players.

"We're looking at it slightly differently".

"We did have an interest in him but these things happen", Hughton added.

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