The former Everton midfielder says this England squad, in which the West Bromwich Albion’s Livermore features for the first time since August 2012, is the strangest he’s seen in years.
Former Scotland international Don Hutchison believes the current England squad is the strangest he’s seen in years.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has included uncapped quartet Michael Keane (Burnley), Michail Antonio (West Ham United), Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse (both Southampton) in his 26-man party to face Germany and Lithuania this month, and also handed recalls to Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) and Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) after four- and five-year absences respectively.
However, it is the latter’s inclusion which appears to have caused Hutchison the most disbelief.
In response to one Twitter user, who implied that Everton’s Tom Davies should have been called up in place of the Baggies midfielder, the former Toffee described the decision as “mental”, appearing to concur.
That’s the strangest England squad I’ve seen in years— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) 16 March 2017
Mental!! https://t.co/PyskcTlmrE— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) 16 March 2017
Davies, who was called up by England’s Under-19 side, is enjoying an impressive breakout campaign, in which he has appeared 14 times for Ronald Koeman’s side, scoring one goal and creating another two.
Livermore has managed the same amount of goals and one less assist in nearly twice as many matches for Hull City and West Brom, for whom he signed in a £10 million deal in January.
Davies’ midfield teammate Ross Barkley is the only Everton player selected by England, although their former teammate John Stones is also included in Southgate’s squad.
Would West Brom’s Livermore/Everton’s Davies have made it into your England squad?