Raheem Sterling’s future with England has received major doubts from Gareth Southgate.
In preparation for the forthcoming matches against Australia and Italy, Southgate has omitted Sterling from his most recent Three Lions lineup for the second time in a row. And he has informed the Chelsea star that he is no longer assured to play since there is much stiffer competition for spots.
It’s possible that Sterling had 82 caps and 20 goals for his nation. However, Southgate argues that given the depth of quality at his disposal, this is no longer a significant factor.
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The wide guys we chose, we’re incredibly delighted with, according to Southgate. For us, [Phil] Foden, [Bukayo Saka], [Marcus] Rashford, and Jack Grealish have all regularly performed well. In the end, there is fierce rivalry for positions around the pitch. Undoubtedly, there is a war going on right now.
“Raheem was the one scoring goals for us and his club for a very long time. Saka, Foden, and Rashford have now scored goals for us. Rashford has consistently scored goals for us. Grealish is a different kind of wide player, so suddenly Jude [Bellingham] is scoring for us.
“Harry Kane is not our only option. Long before anyone else, Harry and Raheem were scoring goals. However, there is a new competition in place.
Southgate chose nine forwards, but he chose Jarrod Bowen over Sterling. Due to injury, Trent Alexander-Arnold, John Stones, and Ollie Watkins have all been called back.
Along with Harry Maguire, who was rejected by Manchester United, Southgate also chose Bukayo Saka despite doubts about the Arsenal sensation’s fitness. Meanwhile, Southgate has questioned the wisdom of FIFA’s plan to hold the 2030 World Cup on three distinct continents.
“My big thing is that I don’t quite get the competition’s integrity,” he continued.
According to what I understand, after three matches in South America, the teams must travel across the world, switch timezones once more, and resume the competition with home advantage in one part of the group but not the other. So, sure, I’m not a fan of what I’ve seen.