Gareth Southgate has called up Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale for England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers but Ben White and Emile Smith Rowe have both missed out.
The Three Lions are set to play Albania on 12 November at Wembley before taking on San Marino, away, three days later as they look to seal qualification for Qatar 2022.
Given his impressive form for Arsenal in the last couple of months, many had tipped Smith Rowe to be selected, however, with competition for places as strong as its ever been, his wait for a senior nod goes on. It’s likely the midfielder will instead play for Lee Carsley’s under-21s.
Listening to Southgate, it sounds like Emile is edging closer.
“I think Emile, Conor Gallagher and Marc Guehi, in particular, are all playing very well with their clubs but we’ve got depth,” the England manager told reporters.
“To put those in, we’ve got to leave some of those on the sheet out. I think it’s not a bad thing that we’re starting to get a very strong under-21 team because you want that depth. We fast-tracked lots of young players quickly and the majority of them are still in this squad now. A lot of them played a big part in the Euros.
“We’ve also had some come up and then when you put them back with the under-21s it’s a lot more complicated so we want to get the timing of that right.
“The boys I’ve just mentioned are on a really good path, we like them, we get to see them with the under-21s as well as their clubs.
“At the moment, we think it’s a little early for some of those guys to come in, we could put them in and they would be absolutely fine by the way, but we think the players we’ve picked are just a little bit ahead at the moment.”
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse
Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling