Southgate continues to reward Premier League youth
Having named Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Mason Mount in his new England squad, Gareth Southgate is continuing to give young Premier League stars a chance.
Last season, Mount was trying to help Frank Lampard’s Derby County secure promotion from the Championship and now the midfielder has secured a second call-up to the senior England squad, having been named in the party for UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain in 2018 without making it onto the pitch.
Mount was unable to get the Rams in the top flight but on his return to parent club Chelsea, he has continued to thrive under Lampard.
Meanwhile, Wan-Bissaka appears to have taken his big-money move from Crystal Palace in his stride and seems very settled with what he needs to do under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.
Wan-Bissaka was part of the Under-21 squad in June’s age-grade European Championships but now the youngster could earn his first cap in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo on September 7 and 10 respectively.
These are probably two games where manager Southgate can afford to experiment somewhat ahead of the major tournament but that should take nothing away from the achievements of the youngsters to make the cut.
Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings, another man who impressed in the Championship last term, has also been named in the England squad announced on Thursday.
Mings was a key figure in getting Villa back in the top flight and again he has stepped up to the rigours of life back in the Premier League, having called time on his spell with Bournemouth.
James Maddison is another exciting player who could be in line to win his first cap against either Bulgaria or Kosovo.
The Leicester City playmaker, who was linked with some of the biggest clubs in the Premier League over the summer, has made a strong start to the season under manager Brendan Rodgers and Southgate is happy to throw the Foxes’ star into the mix for the games next month.
Southgate has been a breath of fresh air when it comes to his squad selections as he continues to reward young talent.
If you’re good enough, you’re old enough and that is a system that took England to the brink of a World Cup final in 2018 and could take them even further in the future.
Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson, James Maddison, Mason Mount, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Declan Rice, Harry Winks.
Forwards: Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson.