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Ex-England star labels Southgate’s squad selection as “confusing”

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A former England player commented on Gareth Southgate’s squad selection for the upcoming European Championship.

Former England international Shaun Wright-Phillips has picked on Gareth Southgate’s squad selection for Euro 2020. He thinks that all the decisions that are taken by the gaffer so far are “confusing”.

Initially, Southgate chose four right-backs, namely Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Keiran Trippier, and Kyle Walker. He made a decision to select these wingers over midfield options such as James Ward-Prowse and Jesse Lingard.

But for Alexander-Arnold’s misfortune, an injury has swept him out of the European Championship. And Southgate went for Brighton’s Ben White as a replacement instead of other better alternatives.

“When I saw the squad with four right-backs it was quite confusing, to be honest,” Wright-Phillips told SBK Sportsbook. “I can understand why he’s doing it but at the same time I feel people like Ward-Prowse and Jesse deserved a place to balance out the squad.”

“I’m obviously not the person to make that decision but that was the only surprise to me. I think what’s amazing about this team, especially across the front five or six, they can all have an impact off the bench, so I feel like there will be a bit of rotation. I think Southgate’s got a nice problem on his hands.