Gareth Southgate explains why Gary Cahill has been dropped from England squad


England manager Gareth Southgate has officially named his 27-man squad for the Three Lions' upcoming friendlies against Italy and the Netherlands, and several big stars missed out. Let us know in the comments section below.

Southgate said: "Nick's form has been excellent and its great credit to Burnley and [manager] Sean Dyche that two members of their defensive unit are here".

Both who are favourites of Gareth Southgate; he spent time with the pair in England's youth teams. But there are returns for Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere.

But Southgate said there are no plans for a boycott by the team, although the security of players and staff would be taken into consideration.

Gareth Southgate has said he remains fully focused on preparing England for the World Cup despite the political tensions between the United Kingdom and the tournament hosts Russian Federation.

He needed that run of games to prove his fitness and for us to be able to look at him more closely.

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Good job there's not a major global tournament coming up on the horiz... It's a disappointment for us not to have Harry with us. But also smaller countries with small pools of players have done better than us in the recent past.

But Southgate has refused to call up the Brighton forward and has instead chosen just three strikers, with Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck and Jamie Vardy England's attacking options.

We've already got a number of players with speed who have a certain profile, but Danny is a bit stronger physically and has similar attributes to Harry, in holding the ball up and linking-up the play. So we have to make sure we give them all the facts we have, allay fears they have and make sure they are their families are safe and secure.

"It's always a huge boost for us as a team when we've got our travelling support with us", he added.

Shelvey and Lascelles may not make it to the World Cup, but they were well worth including in the upcoming friendlies to see how they fare on the global stage.