England boss Gareth Southgate has named his squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.
West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice made the cut (as expected, after controversially switching allegiances from the Republic of Ireland), while Southampton's rejuvenated ace James Ward-Prowse, Crystal Palace starlet Aaron Wan-B
Congratulations Declan!!! Fully deserved ⚒gbeng— Tim Audin (@tim_audin) March 13, 2019
12 March 2019: Declan Rice named FAI Young Player of the Year.— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) March 13, 2019
13 March 2019: Declan Rice receives his first call-up to the England squad.
While there was an outpouring of excitement over Rice's inclusion, there was a notable backlash against Southgate for failing to reward Wan-Bissaka's stellar form with a first senior call-up.
Spurs' Kieran Trippier reclaimed his spot in the squad despite going through a shaky spell for the north London side, and being an injury doubt ahead of the selection.
*Hashtag Where's Wan Bissaka*— Ben McAleer (@BenMcAleer1) March 13, 2019
Aaron wan bissaka not being in the England squad is an absolute joke— JD (@james_dearnley) March 13, 2019
How has Wan Bissaka not been called up?— Paul Devine (@PaulDevine70) March 13, 2019
How is there no Wan-Bissaka— Luke (@luke_parnell7) March 13, 2019
Similarly, there was quite an uproar caused by the omission of Ward-Prowse and Coady - players who had been hotly tipped to be given the nod by the selectors.
Good squad, plenty of talent, & an attack of Sterling-Kane-Rashford will trouble anyone. But there has to be sympathy for the overlooked Ward-Prowse. In form, playing more regularly than some, come through age-groups as #eng DNA code desires, good character, set-piece prowess etc— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) March 13, 2019
When will Conor Coady make the England squad — Ross Rickers (@rossxrickers) March 13, 2019
While there was inevitably a bit of a backlash - you can't include everyone, after all! - there was generally a sense of positivity around the announcement.
A host of players named in the squad posted proud updates on being recalled to the side, including the likes of Manchester City star Raheem Sterling, and Spurs talisman Harry Kane.
Delighted to be called up again to represent my country 女女女 pic.twitter.com/GPCduV0YC5— Callum Wilson (@CallumWilson) March 13, 2019
England play their opening Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on the 22nd March, before travelling to Montenegro for an away clash against