Gareth Southgate explains Delph’s England call-up despite lack of game time

Gareth Southgate explains Delph’s England call-up despite lack of game time

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England’s squad revealed

Gareth Southgate has on Wednesday the 13th of March revealed his England squad for the first batch of upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.

England have been drawn in Group A along with Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro and Kosovo.

Their first set of games will see England play Czech Republic at home on March 22nd and Montenegro away on March 25th.

The full England squad can be seen below.

Some notable omissions include the likes of Leicester’s James Maddison, Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse and Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 16: Fabian Delph of England talks to the media during the England Press Conference on June 16, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Why Southgate picked Delph

One name some people were slightly surprised to see in the squad though was Fabian Delph.

Delph has made just 11 Premier League appearances this season and has not featured in Man City’s last seven league outings.

Despite this, the 29-year-old midfielder has earned a call-up over the likes of Maddison and Ward-Prowse.

Gareth Southgate has explained the reason behind his decision:

“You can look at Delph not playing for City, but he was our best player against Croatia. It would be strange to make huge changes to a squad which has qualified for the Nations League finals”

Related: Gareth Southgate Announces England Squad For Opening Euro Qualifiers – Full Press Conference

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March 13, 2019 at 12:29PM

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