Pope in but no Tarky for England
Nick Pope was duly selected by Gareth Southgate today for England’s Euro 2020 qualifying games against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
I think it would have been a big surprise had Pope not been selected alongside Jordan Pickford and Tom Heaton, one of three former Clarets in the squad, for the goalkeeping positions but, while not surprised, I’m astonished that James Tarkowski, who has been in simply outstanding form for the Clarets at the start of this season, has once again been overlooked by the England manager.
Personally, I think Ben Mee has been worth a place for a while now. He’s constantly ignored, but to not select Tarky now would suggest that Southgate has decided to look elsewhere and, incredibly, one of the places he’s looked is in the middle of the Aston Villa defence and found the error strewn Tyrone Mings.
While being totally puzzled by some of his selections, it’s congratulations to Pope and all of Heaton, Kieran Tripper and Michael Keane on their selections for the two games.
The Full Squad
Tom Heaton (Aston Villa)
Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Nick Pope (Burnley)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Ben Chilwell (Leicester)
Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
Michael Keane (Everton)
Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa)
Danny Rose (Tottenham)
Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea)
Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)
Ross Barkley (Chelsea)
Fabian Delph (Everton)
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
James Maddison (Leicester)
Mason Mount (Chelsea)
Declan Rice (West Ham)
Harry Winks (Tottenham)
Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)