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Gareth Southgate reveals the one reason that Arsenal starlet didn’t make the England squad

Gareth Southgate reveals the one reason that Arsenal starlet didn’t make the England squad

England squad announced

Gareth Southgate today announced his England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary, and a few surprises were forthcoming.

AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori was included, but there was no place for new Arsenal signing Ben White, while teenage sensation Jude Bellingham was also conspicuously absent despite his brilliant start to the season with Borussia Dortmund.

Injuries ruled out Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Harry Maguire, Patrick Bamford and Trent Alexander-Arnold, showing just how much strength in depth Gareth Southgate has at his disposal ahead of the next World Cup in just over 12 months’ time.

Emile Smith Rowe “very close” to the squad

One call-up that would likely have come as a surprise to many had it happened, would have been the inclusion of Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe.

However, following a string of good performances (including in Arsenal defeats to Brentford and Chelsea), Southgate has revealed that the 21-year-old was “very close” to making his squad:

“He is a player we like a lot and was very close to making this squad.”

The England boss went on to reveal that the reason Smith Rowe was not selected was his minimal time spent with the nation’s U21s to date, for whom he has managed only two appearances:

“At this moment in time I don’t want to bring in any more younger players out of the Under-21s. They have got to earn that right over a longer period.”

However, Southgate added that Smith Rowe remains “a player we really like”, suggesting that he could find himself with a call-up in the near future.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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