Dele Alli and Kyle Walker are left dreading for their international futures after being excluded from England boss Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kosovo and Montenegro.
Southgate selected instead to include James Maddison in spite of the controversy surrounding his back down from last month’s double-header. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase England Euro Cup Tickets online to the witness live performance of Euro Cup 2020.
England want just a draw when Montenegro visit Wembley next Thursday to reach next summer’s finals and this month’s matches are the final opportunity for players to impress before a mid-season international break until March.
That break comes at a wrong time for Alli and Walker, who now face a battle to demonstrate they remain part of Southgate’s plans. Tottenham star Alli has not contained for England since June’s Uefa Nations League third-place play-off against Switzerland, partially due to a hamstring injury that shortened his participation at the start of the season.
Though, the 23-year-old has started Spurs’ last five games in all competitions – including Wednesday night’s 4-0 Champions League victory at Red Star Belgrade – and had expected to be recalled.
Maddison has instead been given the signal, with Mason Mount also now forward of Alli in the pecking order.
Southgate planned this morning to include the Chelsea midfielder but only subject to last-mint looks over the harshness of an ankle injury sustained in Tuesday’s draw with Ajax on 5th November.
Walker has been ignored, with Southgate favouring Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold at full-back. Maddison’s presence succeeds he was pictured in a Leicester casino on the night England were beaten by the Czech Republic in Prague.
England full squad
Tome Heaton (Aston Villa), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), John Stones (Man City), Harry Maguire (Man Utd), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Fabian Delph (Everton).
Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Madison (Leicester), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham), Harry Winks (Tottenham), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool).
Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).
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