So England’s 23-man squad has finally been announced, but is it what you were hoping for?
On Wednesday afternoon, England manager, Gareth Southgate announced his 23-man squad that he will take to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The former Middlesbrough defender’s final selection has certainly sparked debate amongst fans. The main shocks were the omission of experienced goalkeeper, Joe Hart and Arsenal midfielder, Jack Wilshere whilst Southgate made the surprise call- up in Liverpool youngster, Trent Alexander-Arnold.
What do you make of Southgate’s England squad?
Is there anyone you are surprised to see in the squad?
Would there be any other players you would have included that aren’t in there?
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Both Hart and Wilshere have publicly declared their disappointment with Southgate’s decision, but have also insisted they will “support the boys like any other England fan”. The Three Lions squad doesn’t boast the experience of other countries such as Germany, Spain or Brazil, but it has certainly indicated England’s philosophy when it comes to tournament football moving forward. We aren’t afraid to give the youngsters a go.
Jordan Pickford, Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jesse Lingard, Reuben Loftus-Cheek, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane are all aged 25 or younger but make up the core of the England team. With minimal international experience in the 23-man squad, will this new era of players breathe life into English football or is it too early to throw them in at the deep-end?
Do you think Southgate was right to choose youth over experience?
How would you rate our chances in the World Cup now that we know who will and who won’t be pulling on the England shirt?
“You’ll never win anything with kids” – the famous last words of Alan Hansen when he criticised Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to sell Manchester United’s experienced elite and bring through the infamous Class on 92 who later went on to win the League with the Red Devils. So surely it’s worth a try?
Has anyone ever looked down on you because of your age/inexperience? If so, how did it make you feel?
In the same way, the Bible offers some amazing stories of how God used unsung heroes and people who were deemed too “young” or too “inexperienced” to do incredible things and ultimately, prove the doubters wrong.
David was the prime example – he was the youngest in the family. He tended to the sheep out the back in the fields and was the last in line below his brothers. He didn’t have much going for him from the outside looking in. Despite being the smallest and youngest, he was the one who was given the blessing over his brothers and went on to defeat Goliath and become a real man of God. Everything was stacked against him, but much like managers see something special in young footballing prodigies, God saw something in David that others didn’t.
“Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
As England fans, let’s get behind this young crop of English talent. The odds may be stacked against us from the outside, but who knows what lies beneath the surface of these young warriors who are ready to take on the rest of the world!
Come on England!