Southgate justifies England call-ups for Lingard, Shaw, and Stones

Thu 18 March 2021 | 21:04

England national team manager Gareth Southgate has called up Jesse Lingard, Luke Shaw, and John Stones to his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.


will play

San Marino

at home on March 25, play away in


on March 28 and host


on March 31.

Gareth Southgate

has explained why he decided to include

Jesse Lingard


Luke Shaw

, and

John Stones

to his England squad for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

"There has never been any question in my mind about the quality of all three players. All have had difficulties mainly because of injury,"

the Three Lions boss told reporters after unveiling his squad



has shone since moving to

West Ham

on loan from

Manchester United

in January.

"Jesse, of the three, is a bit more fortunate to be in. Luke and John have performed over a period of time. We have got injuries in that area that have opened up an opportunity for Jesse.” Southgate continued.

"I have to say that his performances for West Ham have been excellent. He has four goals in six games. We know he can perform at the level.

"We know he has been a really good member of our squad, both in terms of his general link-up play and he has scored goals as well.

"There is no doubting quality. Ideally, you say you need to do it for a little bit longer. But that's not been the option this time around.

"We lost the likes of Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, Harvey Barnes, and James Maddison. There is a space there and we trust Jesse and think he can play a big part in the next few games."

source: SportMob

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