Ian Wright has taken to Twitter in reaction to news involving West Ham duo Jarrod Bowen and Aaron Cresswell, and Arsenal defender Ben White.
What’s the story?
Well, despite the trio’s good form, Gareth Southgate decided not to name any of them in his England squad yesterday.
The Three Lions take on Albania and San Marino in the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers, with the games coming on Friday 12th and Monday 15th November.
Bizarrely, Southgate named a number of struggling players in his squad such as Tyrone Mings and James Ward-Prowse, while leaving out the likes of Bowen, Cresswell and the £50m White.
Wright also felt Conor Gallagher should’ve been in the squad, as the 21-year-old is on fire for Crystal Palace right now.
You can see the 58-year-old’s tweet in full below.
I’ve been there where form is ignored and certain players are guaranteed spots!! It’s hard to take because there is nothing else you can do. I don’t know what Tomori needs to do get in and get a chance. Cresswell, Bowen, White, Gallagher will all be gutted. https://t.co/85zyOKZSyZ— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) November 4, 2021
Wright is, well, right – all four of them should feel aggrieved at the decision.
Positives for Arsenal and West Ham
Of course, it is truly disappointing not to see at least one of Bowen, Cresswell, White or Gallagher in the squad.
However, there are positives for Arsenal, West Ham and Crystal Palace to take from their respective exclusions.
After being excluded, the quartet can all focus on resting and keeping themselves sharp at London Colney, Rush Green and Copers Cope.
It will at least allow Arsenal, West Ham and Crystal Palace to have key players fit and raring to go after the international break ends.
Had they gone away with England, there’s every chance they would’ve got injured as the fixtures are coming thick and fast for most clubs this season.
Having said that, if the same quartet are axed next time Southgate names a squad, there should be uproar – they all deserve a chance.