He’s already teased us by making us wait an extra week for his 26-man squad, but at least know we know which 33 players are now in with a shot.
Gareth Southgate has brought us his provisional extended squad, which will give him enough numbers to get through June’s warm-up matches against Austria and Romania while some players are injured or relaxing after the Champions League final.
Safe to say, the squad is a little divisive.
There’s not much beef with the goalkeepers. Sure, Aaron Ramsdale isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but with Nick Pope out injured, the Sheffield United man was always getting drafted in and he is 100% getting cut. We move.
In defence, however, is where fans aren’t exactly having a lot of fun.
While Eric Dier has missed out (yay), there are still call-ups for Wolves’ Conor Coady and Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings, neither of whom were getting a lot of love on the Twittersphere.
Villa’s Ezri Konsa is nowhere to be season, and neither is AC Milan‘s Fikayo Tomori, who just replaced I Rossoneri’s captain and led them to a spot in the Champions League.
But hey, Brighton finished 16th in the Premier League, so Ben White has to be in over those two, right? Right?!
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s in though! He’s in with a shot of proving himself to Southgate, who is not currently expected to take the Liverpool man this summer.
At least he’s got the chance to audition. Manchester United‘s Aaron Wan-Bissaka is working out which spot on his couch he’s going to spend his summer in after being snubbed from the provisional squad.
Midfield is, again, quite calm.
If we’re stretching for issues, a portion of Twitter wasn’t happy to see James Maddison bumped out, but how are you supposed to fit him in when the mighty J Lingzzzzz is around?
Moving up into the attack, it’s bad. It’s very, very bad.
Leeds’ Patrick Bamford again misses out, with Villa’s Ollie Watkins drafted in to compete with Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the honour of getting benched by Harry Kane all summer.
The overall mood? Not good. Not good at all.
Southgate’s got some explaining to do…