In their place, Southgate gave three uncapped youngsters a surprise nod - Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and striker Tammy Abraham of Swansea.
I don't know how you can keep a super-fit Jack out of the England squad.
"There is no question in our mind about Jack Wilshere's ability and football brain and personality, we just need to see him playing regular league football before we think it is right to put him back in". Ashley Young, who last played for England in September 2013, was also recalled. I know what Chris... On that, Southgate said: 'I have huge respect for Chris.
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"What I don't think you do is brush the experience under the carpet", he explained.
The Gunners academy graduate who was shipped out on loan last season is impressing this term, despite receiving limited game time.
"It's a great grounding for them to be playing in big Champions League matches".
Nor did he find room for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has struggled to make an impression since he left Arsenal for Liverpool for £35m at the end of the transfer window. It looks like they're all going to go into the knockout stages now.
Another benefit of bringing younger faces into the England squad is that they are not scarred by previous tournament failures, but Southgate insisted that his more established players would be making a mistake if they allow themselves to forget the humiliation of exiting Euro 2016 to Iceland. "We are nowhere near the highest scorers [in European qualification] and so we've got to address that, and part of that is being able to build and create chances", Southgate said.