Arsenal’s Anglo Nigerian forward Bukayo Saka has been left out of the Three Lions squad for the UEFA Nations League matches in September.
England’s manager Gareth Southgate revealed his 24 man list today, the Three Lions are billed to face Iceland and Denmark in September’s UEFA Nations League.
The list had some highlights like Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire making the list despite having court charges to attend to in Greece, Raheem Sterling getting included after he tested negative for coronavirus, and the newbies who got their first senior call-ups.
Manchester City’s Phil Foden, Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood and Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United got their first call-ups to the England senior men’s football team.
England will face Iceland on the 5th of September 2020 while they take on the Danish national team three days later on the 8th of September 2020.
The 2019/2020 English Premier League winning skipper Jordan Henderson misses out on the list through injury (knee) and also Leicester City’s defender Ben Chilwell also missed out due to injury (heel).
A fit John Stones misses out on the list due to his lack of game time with Manchester City.
The full list includes:
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Eric Dier, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, Harry Winks
Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Mason Greenwood, Danny Ings, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling
Bukayo Sara’s absence from the English national team means a lot, and it’s going to be a great advantage to Nigeria. The versatile Arsenal player had a fantastic season where he won the UEFA Europa League Young Player Of The Season, Assist Leader in the UEFA Europa League, Arsenal’s third best player of the season, and an FA Cup triumph.
The forward is proud of his roots and when he was asked earlier about his international future he said that :
“It’s a tough choice,” Saka told Sky Sports. I’m happy to have represented England at youth level but I’m also proud of my Nigerian heritage from my parents.
“I haven’t been picked by any team so it’s about staying humble and when the time comes I’ll make the decision.”