Southgate Talks About "Prowsey"
Thursday, 14th Mar 2019 11:32
England manager Gareth Southgate has talked about why he omitted Southampton's James Ward Prowse from his latest England squad.
Gareth Southgate is an honest man and in fairness to him he ties to explain the decisions he makes and why he has made them, but that doesn't mean he is not applying double standards.
Speaking about why he did not pick James Ward Prowse for the upcoming International games the England manager had this to say.
‘We love Prowsey – I’ve been accused of being father of Prowsey over the years!’ joked Southgate, who made the midfielder his captain when in charge of the Under-21s."
"‘This most recent spell is his best spell since we capped him before and he is, I would say, a world-class deliverer of set plays. But he’s only recently got back into the team at Southampton."
"It’s not a straight forward selection this one. We’re four months from our last game, and you could look at Fabian Delph and say he’s not been playing for Manchester City, but he was our best player against Croatia. ‘
So trying to balance all that has been difficult this time, there’s no question, but we have qualified for a semi-final in the summer. It would be strange to make huge changes to that squad. ‘
But we’ve added another young player in Declan [Rice] and we know that there are some players just on the fringes that we would never hesitate to call in, both in terms of their ability but also in the case of James Ward-Prowse, his character as well. He is absolutely the sort of character you want around the squad.’
But Southgate is applying double standards here and to say that JWP has only recently got back in the team is being a little conservative with the truth, JWP has started every game we have played in 2019, thats 2 1/2 months of football spanning 10 League games and 2 in the FA Cup plus he had been involved in all but two of the Premier League games played in December.
That is not exactly "Recently getting back into the team" and far better than the likes of Fabian Delph who has barely played in the Premier League for Manchester City.
I can understand why you would bring back key players such as Dele Alli after injury, but if someone isnt playing regularly then that is not good preparation for England duty nor can it do much for the player himself's confidence.
Gareth Southgate has the potential to become a decent England manager, but he has to get back to the days when it was form for your club that got you in the England team, not the fact that you were playing for a big club or because you have indicated that you are willing to change countries.
Make playing for England something to strive for and be proud of again and you will get better performances on the pitch and re ignite the passion that both players and fans had for the England team, these days there is little of that except when we do well at a tournament and the armchair fan suddenly appears fully laden with falgs of St gGeorge newly bought in Tesco's
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