Raheem Sterling’s second consecutive England exclusion is explained by Gareth Southgate.
Raheem Sterling has been left out of the England team for the second straight game in the roster that was officially released for the upcoming October international break.
Given how well Sterling was performing for Chelsea, it was much more of a scandal when he missed the September games. It’s less of a story now that Mauricio Pochettino’s first team has actually dropped him.
However, leaving out a player with so much experience and England caps is always going to be a topic, and Southgate had to address it in his news conference today:
In statements obtained by the Daily Mail, Southgate stated, “We spoke before the last squad and we’ve been happy with the wide players’ performances in the last four games in particular and in the two in March.”
“The squad is performing incredibly well, and it’s obvious that there is some stability there.
“We’ve added Jarrod Bowen in those wide areas; he’s playing really well and has scored five goals in his last seven games. There’s also the opportunity to learn some new things with the Australia game.”
It seems like Southgate is content with the alternatives available to him right now, and it’s difficult to see Sterling changing that until he first establishes himself as a regular member of Pochettino’s squad and returns to his form from the early weeks of the season.