Daniel Sturridge and four other players snubbed by England

With a number of exciting youngsters being called up for latest England squad, there have been some notable omissions. Here are five of the biggest.


After a year of unparalleled success at youth level, Thursday saw Gareth Southgate announcing a squad brimming with young talent for the up-coming friendlies against Germany and Brazil. 

With Joe Gomez, Rueben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham all finding spots in the twenty-five man squad, there were obviously going to be some notable omissions of more senior players who might have been expecting the call-up.

Jon Mackenzie has selected the five biggest names from amongst those who will be disappointed to have been snubbed by the England set-up.

  1. 1 Daniel Sturridge


    Daniel Sturridge's promising career has been blighted by injury. In his six seasons at Anfield, he has only made 101 Premier League appearances with an average of 16.83 games per season. 

    This season, however, Sturridge has managed eight appearances in ten potential games, racking up 365 minutes and picking up a couple of goals and an assist for his troubles.

    Last night, in Liverpool's Champions League group stage, Daniel Sturridge scored the third as the Merseyside club ran out 3-0 winners. That it was his first Champions League goal in seven years, just goes to show how deep the striker's troubles have run.

    All this, though, has proved in vain and Sturridge will be hoping he his domestic form is good enough to have him noticed in the run up to the Russia 2018 World Cup.

  2. 2 Tom Cleverley


    Having been touted as being the next Big Thing while he was a youngster at Manchester United, Tom Cleverley's career at the top never really materialised as the boy from Basingstoke spent much of the last five years  moving from mid-table club to mid-table club.

    After a relatively successful stint at Everton, last season Cleverley found himself with an offer to go on loan to Watford where he spent 17 games and impressed the management. 

    With the loan becoming permanent over the summer, Cleverley has become a player transformed under the tutelage of Marco Silva - who may not turn everything he touches to gold but certainly turns it yellow.

    This season, Cleverley - who debuted for England in 2012 -has been ever-present for his new team, picking up an assist and scoring the late winner at Vicarage Lane when Watford beat Arsenal earlier in the season.

    Cleverley will be disappointed to have been overlooked, especially given his centrality to a Watford side who have been surprisingly proficient this season. At the age of 28, though, he'll be aware that his chance of selection for the World Cup squad may be slowly slipping away. 

  3. 3 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain


    What a year it's been for the former Arsenal player. Rejecting Chelsea for a move to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, Oxlade-Chamberlain cited a desire to play in a more central role as the reason behind his decision.

    Since moving to Liverpool, though, he has struggled to break into the team, playing in wide positions when he has and coming on to ultimate humiliation in heavy defeats to Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

    In an international career which began in 2012, Oxlade-Chamberlain has managed to accrue 30 caps and will have considered himself to be a strong contender to make the World Cup squad given his flexibility.

    Having been left out of the squad this time around, Oxlade-Chamberlain may be beginning to regret the decision to leave the Emirates Stadium in the summer.

  4. 4 Jonjo Shelvey


    Whenever a player drops out of favour for their national side, all too often the advice paraded about is of a predictable nature: get your head down, work hard, become noticed.

    To be fair to Jonjo Shelvey, this is exactly what he has done. Earning his first call-up as a Liverpool player, Shelvey was soon moved on to Swansea before Steve McClaren brought him up to Newcastle. 

    After Newcastle went down in 2016, Shelvey stayed as loyal to the club as his manager Rafael Benitez, being an integral part of the team who won the Championship the following year.

    This season, a few petulant incidents aside, Shelvey has shown why he is so important to the way Newcastle play with his ball-winning capacity and passing proficiency helping the newly-promoted side creep up the table. 

    Despite the fact that the snub this time around might hurt him, the Englishman should remain confident that a good few months in the Premier League should see him in contention once again. 

    

  5. 5 Jack Wilshere


    When he burst onto the scene at Arsenal in 2008, Jack Wilshere was England's great hope for the future. In a career that was subsequently blighted by injury, Wilshere was in and out of the England squad almost as much as he was the Arsenal squad.

    Only making five Premier League appearances for Arsenal in the course of the last two seasons, Wilshere has slowly been clawing his way back into contention for the club that gave him a chance all those years ago.

    Of course, a loan spell at Bournemouth helped, although many people were bemused when the England international turned down the chance to play for AC Milan before plumping for the south coast club.

    This season, Wilshere has only made six appearances across all competitions with half of those coming in the Europa League so an England call-up might have been a little premature. However, Gareth Southgate will be looking for creative options for his World Cup squad and so Wilshere could well be in with a look in as the season progresses.

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Jon Mackenzie

Jon Mackenzie is the Football Editor at RealSport.

Regularly appearing on talkSPORT radio, his work has also featured in The Economist, The Blizzard, Tifo Football and on the Futbolgrad Network.

A UEFA and Premier League-accredited journalist, Jon also founded A Team of John O'Sheas podcast and hosts it every week.

Follow him on Twitter @Jon_Mackenzie

 

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