3 winners and losers of Gareth Southgate’s England squad


Gareth Southgate has named his England squad for the upcoming friends against Switzerland and the Ivory Coast, and it has once again divided opinion. But who was overlooked, and who was going to be celebrating their inclusion this evening?

101 took a look.

Loser: Fikayo Tomori

First up is AC Milan center-back Fikayo Tomori, who has made 22 appearances thus far this season, helping his side to top Serie A in the process. Tomori has impressed all who have watched him with his ability on the ball and his defensive awareness, helping Stefano Pioli’s side keep 9 clean sheets so far this season.

3 winners and losers of Gareth Southgate's England squad

AC Milan’s English defender Fikayo Tomori celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs AC Milan on May 09, 2021 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

His form is certainly above others including in the squad, such as Tyrone Mings and even Harry Maguire, and it continues to raise questions as to whether those in the Premier League are favored compared to other leagues.

Loser: Jadon Sancho

One that can consider himself unlucky not to have returned to the squad following his exclusion in the last international break, Jadon Sancho’s form has improved significantly since November, and has been on few bright sparks for Ralf Rangnick’s side.

When asked about his continued omission, Southgate pointed to the quality of those already in the squad, saying:

‘The other attacking players in the squad are slightly ahead of him at the moment; Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe, Jack Grealish.’

While it is perhaps a fair comment by the England boss, Sancho will still feel a little hard done by.

Loser: Marcus Rashford

To cap off a miserable week for Marcus Rashford after his performance against Atletico Madrid, the Englishman has been dropped by Gareth Southgate for the upcoming friends, amid uncertainty around his future.

3 winners and losers of Gareth Southgate's England squad

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 06: A dejected Marcus Rashford of Manchester United at full time during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on March 6, 2022 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

His season so far has yielded just 5 goals, and he has looked well out of place in Manchester United’s new system under Ralf Rangnick, so being dropped is no great surprise. It will still sting, though.

Winner: Harry Maguire

Given his club form, it is frankly a miracle that Harry Maguire has been selected over some of the other names in the reckoning. It has been an awful season for the Manchester United captain, who has had a series of performances littered with mistakes under Ralf Rangnick that have cost his side points.

For England, however, he has been a reliable performer. While there was little doubt about his inclusion, there could be his form continue to drop.

Winner: Emile Smith Rowe

Emile Smith Rowe was only a late call-up to the last England squad, but clearly did enough in that camp to show himself worthy enough to be in this one from the off.

3 winners and losers of Gareth Southgate's England squad

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 19: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Brentford at Emirates Stadium on February 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

He has not played a lot for Arsenal since November, often used as an impact sub by Mikel Arteta, but his future is undeniably bright. Can perhaps count himself lucky to be in this squad given his gametime, however.

Winner: Marc Guehi

What a moment for young Marc Guehi, who took quite the risk moving from Chelsea to Crystal Palace, but it has paid off massively.

8 Clean sheets under Patrick Vieira has solidified his claim to be in the England squad, and the risk has been rewarded with a potential debut.

Whether he will be able to get a look in over the other defenders in the squad remains to be seen.

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