Gareth Southgate explains Bellingham and Greenwood’s omission from England squad

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

England’s head Coach, Gareth Southgate, excluded Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount in his squad for the world cup qualifiers games.

The young players who are the best in their different clubs have never played for their national team for once and Southgate maintains that he is cautious of not overusing the young stars.

Speaking during a news conference held on Thursday, Southgate said: “They’re both in similar situations, young players with heavy workloads at the moment.

“I’ve spoken to both of them. Jude at the moment is playing a high level of matches with Champions League games, league games. As an 18-year-old he had a full season last season and then into the Euros with no break.

“We have to remember these lads are still physically growing, so when we talk about young player development we have to be really careful in how we handle them.

“These are two players we think can be really exciting for England’s future. We don’t want to overload them, we want to make sure we are making the right decisions with them.”

As Harry Maguire is down with injury, it’s likely that Fikayo Tomori will replace him.

“I like Fikayo in terms of his aggressiveness of defending,” Southgate said. “Because he’s got speed he’s confident enough to defend on the front foot and he’s improving on the ball as well.

“I have been very impressed. I thought he finished last season well. We were tracking him well last season and he is playing well this season. 

“He is at a club that’s expected to win every week. I thought he did well against Liverpool and Juventus recently.” he concluded.