Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson believes Gareth Southgate should hold back from including Manchester United defensive duo Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw in his World Cup squad.
A lot has been written about Harry Maguire since the season began. The centre-back kept the captain’s armband but has lost his place in the starting line-up to Raphael Varane.
Luke Shaw also lost his place in the team after the first two games of the season, although an injury didn’t help his cause, but question marks still exist after both players were selected in Southgate’s latest squad.
Eriksson told BoyleSports Football, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News: “I think it’s difficult for Southgate to pick Maguire and Shaw because if they don’t play regularly, it’s very difficult to let them play in the national team because it’s one thing to train, but it’s another to have a regular routine of games. So that’s a difficult one.”
Shaw inclusion arguably more surprising
England are not blessed in the centre-back department. I can’t think of many English centre-backs that I would be picking over Maguire, but it’s much easier to think of better left-backs than Shaw over the past year.
Meanwhile, Maguire is one of Southgate’s most trusted players and he usually plays well for England.
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