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Twitter reacts to three unbelieveable inclusions in Gareth Southgate's England squad

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Is there ever an England squad everyone agrees with?

While the England faithfuls' patience with the national team is probably at an all-time low, Gareth Southgate has set about trying to restore some glory days back to the Three Lions.

If England can win one of their final two World Cup qualifying games at Wembley, they'll secure their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

However, after recent performances at tournaments, fans aren't getting their hopes up. Furthermore, when they see the squad, they aren't getting their hopes up either.

For starters, Anthony Martial can't even get in the French squad. Jesse Lingard seems to be a permanent fixture in the English lineup.

But England's latest squad has caused quite the stir on Twitter and three names keep popping up.

Dele Alli has received a one-game ban from FIFA for his middle finger salute during England's 2-1 win over Slovakia, but Southgate has still chosen to pick him.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been in seriously poor form since his £35 million switch from Arsenal to Liverpool and has only started once for his new side. In fact, Liverpool has one win in six since he joined.


Fabian Delph is another man to make the cut but he has only made seven Premier League appearances in the last two seasons with just one appearance this season.

Take a look at how Twitter reacted below:

In fairness, Southgate attributed the selections to 12 injuries that have prevented him from picking his strongest squad. Names that include Danny Rose, Adam Lallana, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ross Barkley, Tom Heaton, Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Drinkwater while Jack Wilshere and Luke Shaw have only had minimal minutes with their clubs.

Southgate said: “It's frustrating because the biggest story here is we've got about 12 players missing with injury. It's incredible. If you were to say, 'Am I entirely happy with the squad I've named?' then no, because we've got too many good players missing with injury.

“The consequence of that is you could well argue there are one or two in the squad who haven't necessarily warranted it on their performances. I want competition for places and this time maybe we've not be able to achieve that because of the number of injuries.”

David Beckham
England Football

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