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Gareth Southgate announced his final 26-man England squad for Euro 2020 yesterday.
The Three Lions boss named FOUR right-backs – Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier and Reece James – and axed seven from his original 33-man group.
Jesse Lingard was one of the most surprising exclusions along with Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins.
The seven to be dropped were: Aaron Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey, Lingard, Watkins, Ben White, James Ward-Prowse and Mason Greenwood – who pulled out injured.
And asked how the rejected stars reacted, Southgate said: “James was brilliant. As was Jesse, as was Ollie. Totally professional, which is the character of the players.
“All of the players that are here will be on the standby list. We can only change now on the basis of injuries so those guys will be training with us. And they’ll be involved in the matches as well. Not only because if we have an issue they need to be ready.
“But they deserve it. Their commitment to stay with the group and their respect to their teammates to want to be here shows what playing for England means to this group of players.
“And I think it’s important the public know that as sometimes people dismiss the importance of England caps and what it means to players.”
Elsewhere, Carlo Ancelotti has left Everton to become Real Madrid manager.
Ancelotti, who joined Everton on a four-and-a-half-year contract in December 2019, said: “I would like to thank the Board of Directors, the players, and the Evertonians for the tremendous support they have all given me during my time at the club.
“I have complete respect for everyone associated with Everton and hope they can achieve the exciting opportunities they have in front of them.
“While I have enjoyed being at Everton I have been presented with an unexpected opportunity which I believe is the right move for me and my family at this time.”
Finally, William Gallas believes Mikel Arteta should leave Arsenal.
Gallas is confident Arteta will develop into an elite manager one day – but reckons it was a ‘mistake’ to appoint the Spaniard as the Gunners missed out on European football for the first time since 1995-96.
The Frenchman, 43, told SunSport: “Mikel Arteta was not ready yet to manage a club like Arsenal. Okay, he was assistant coach at Manchester City, but he had never managed a team. It is completely different.
“The board made a mistake picking him. I’m sure he will be a great manager but you need to have experience to manage a big club.
“To be honest, it is a great shame for the Arsenal fans after finishing eighth.
“Arsenal is not the same Arsenal we knew 18, 20 years ago. We had players who were strong with strong personalities.”
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