March 17 According to the “Times” report, Southgate announced the new team
After the England national team squad, he expressed his concern about the lack of available players for England in the Premier League.
In this big list, Southgate excluded Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben White from the list. He also warned that the decline in the number of representative players in the Premier League will have a negative impact on the team’s selection of players in the next four years.
Influence, and he also said that the lack of candidates at the left back position has forced him to consider the selection of players in the Championship.
England will then usher in the European preliminaries against Italy and Ukraine. Southgate has finalized a 25-man squad for this game, including Walker and Ivan Tony.
Plagued by off-court issues, their selection faces a lot of controversy.
Raheem Sterling was left out of the list due to health concerns, while Ben White was excluded after a feud with assistant Steve Holland during the World Cup in Qatar.
Southgate said that at present, British players account for 28% of the number of starters in the Premier League, and there are 66 players who can choose.
In the Champions League, there are more players from Brazil and Portugal than from England.
In this regard, Southgate said: “In terms of the selection depth of the lineup, we are at a disadvantage compared to other football powers. Especially in some positions, these numbers are still deteriorating in the Premier League.
It’s not an issue for me for the next 18 months, but in the next four or five years, we have to take it seriously. I think there are only four left-back options in the Premier League at the moment
, so now I have to look at the Championship or other leagues. But for us, there is an additional problem that most of our players are playing at home.”
In addition, Southgate also expressed concerns about the lack of signings of English local players by Premier League clubs in January. Southgate said: “Among the deals in England, there are several deals about the team’s second or third team.
For goalkeepers, three deals were for youth players, one of which was for Romeo Beckham. As of January this year, around 80% of player deals were for non-British nationals. The impact of January has been felt in the past few weeks
Come out, if we continue like this, these numbers will drop again. We are currently investing millions in the development of the youth system, which has been a very good investment for a long time, and many players through the youth system.
Seized the opportunity.”
Finally, Southgate talked about Ivan Toni. He said: “There is currently no judgment on Ivan Toni’s off-court incident, so I have no reason not to bring him.
Consistent performances, I like what he does in the game, I saw him play against Arsenal, I think he is a very good player and he deserves the opportunity.”