England squad unveiled: Man United pair miss out as Southgate backs no.1 Jordan Pickford

England squad unveiled: Man United pair miss out as Southgate backs no.1 Jordan Pickford

Gareth Southgate’s latest England panel has this afternoon been announced, ahead of the country’s upcoming round of fixtures.

Nations League fate decided

The Three Lions are set to return to action over the coming fortnight, with a trio of fixtures.

First up comes a friendly meeting with the Republic of Ireland this day next week, a clash which will likely be used as a warmup, ahead of a pair of competitive outings to follow.

Next up is a Nations League showdown with Belgium. This matchup will likely go a long way towards determining who tops the NL Group B table, with the Red Devils leading the way as things stand. England, though, sit just two points back of Roberto Martinez’s men, locked in 2nd with Denmark.

It is also worth remembering that it was the Three Lions who emerged victorious when the two countries last met just three weeks ago.

Rounding out the upcoming international break for England, meanwhile, will be a Wembley clash with Iceland on the 18th.

Southgate and co. will be fully expected to bag all 3 points from the matchup, with Iceland currently sat bottom of the Group B table, having failed to bag a single point thus far.

Foden in/Greenwood out

As such, as outlined above, ahead of a crucial couple of weeks when it comes to the country’s Nations League hopes, England’s latest squad has today been unveiled.

There are, as always proves the case, a number of noteworthy takeaways, regarding both those included, and those left out.

For example, there is no space for Mason Greenwood, who was of course also omitted from the last Three Lions panel, on the back of a disciplinary issue whilst in Iceland in September.

Manchester United teammate Aaron Wan-Bissaka, meanwhile, is also left out.

Phil Foden, on the other hand, has earned a recall, on the back of his impressive recent form with Manchester City.

There is also room for the likes of Bukayo Saka, Harry Winks, James Ward-Prowse and Jack Grealish.

The 29-man Three Lions squad in full is showcased below:

Having decided on the set of players essentially set to determine England’s Nations League fate, Gareth Southgate has since spoken out regarding the country’s situation between the posts.

Jordan Pickford has once again been included in Southgate’s squad, despite both his widely-publicised recent struggles at club level, and the controversy surrounding his name on the back of the long-term injury dealt to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.

As such, during a press conference a short time ago, the Three Lions boss was drawn on whether Pickford remains his first-choice goalkeeping option.

And Southgate went on to confirm exactly that, adding that, of his other options between the sticks, none are currently ‘challenging seriously’ to replace the Everton man:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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