Gareth Southgate announced his England squad ahead of the next international break and his selection drew strong reactions.
The country manager is deprived of several first-team players, including Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold due to injuries.
However, the omissions of Mason Greenwood and Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham raised eyebrows, with Southgate carefully managing its workloads.
United’s summer signing Jadon Sancho was named to the Southgate squad alongside Manchester City’s Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling, Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Aston Villa ace Ollie Watkins .
There has been a debate on the offensive frontline, with Southgate’s side aiming to seal their spot for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy would have liked to see Tammy Abraham sideways, given his form at Rome following his transfer from Chelsea.
“I’m a little surprised by Watkins in front of Tammy Abraham.” Murphy told talkSPORT.
The 23-year-old forward has scored four times so far this season and is relishing life under José Mourinho in Italy.
“He looks so confident, he’s the main man and he enjoys that. I like Watkins and not to say he’s a bad player, but who are you playing against instead? I’d rather have Tammy.
“I’m surprised he didn’t reward him and bring him in.”
Meanwhile, talkSPORT specialist Ray Parlor has praised Ivan Toney’s performances this season, which he says deserve a call-up in England.
“I’m surprised someone like Ivan Toney wasn’t lucky. I think he was brilliant in the Premier League for Brentford. the 48-year-old said.
Toney scored two goals and two assists and helped his team get off to a promising start in the top flight.
“There is nothing more Toney can do. Ivan Toney deserves an opportunity and I think every center-back that has played against him.
“We are talking about Liverpool last weekend. Van Dijk – one of the best center-backs in the world. He gave him a tough game.
“That’s what he can continue to do, is to play well for his club.”
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