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Alan Shearer cannot believe two players haven't made Southgate's England team

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It's just three months away from the World Cup in Russia, and players have just a handful of games to impress manager Gareth Southgate.

Ahead of England's two games against the Netherlands and Italy later this month, Southgate has named his 27-man squad. And it's fair to say there are a few surprises.

Burnley duo Nick Pope and James Tarkowski make the side for the first time, whereas Swansea's Alfie Mawson is also given the opportunity to win his first England cap.

Elsewhere, Adam Lallana has also earned a recall back to the side, despite only just returning from injury, and he has been joined by Liverpool teammates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez.

There were also rumours Glenn Murray was going to make the squad and that suggestion was only made stronger after Harry Kane's injury.

But Southgate has refused to call up the Brighton forward and has instead chosen just three strikers, with Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck and Jamie Vardy England's attacking options.

THE FULL 27-MAN SQUAD

ALAN SHEARER TWEETS SURPRISE

Inevitably, Southgate's squad has divided opinion amongst England fans, and Alan Shearer is one high profile name that has tweeted his take on it.

The former Newcastle striker was 'very surprised' that two players from his former club have not made the team: Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey.

Lascelles has been Newcastle's most reliable defender this season, having scored three times and helped his side to seven clean sheets across the season, including two in his last four games.

With more established names at International level such as Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill all failing to make the side, Lascelles can feel hard done by.

Shelvey on the other hand is an interesting one. Although his talent is undeniable, the former Charlton man has displayed on numerous occasions that his temperament can prove to be a liability.

But, he has shown he would be a useful asset for England with impressive displays against Manchester United and Southampton in recent weeks.

SHEARER HITS OUT AT FAN OVER SHELVEY COMMENTS

Shearer's comments were always going to divide opinion, and some took exception to him wanting Shelvey in the side.

Shearer could not help but reply to one fan, and to be honest, his response was fantastic.

Shelvey and Lascelles may not make it to the World Cup, but they were well worth including in the upcoming friendlies to see how they fare on the International stage. Especially so because of the amount of absentees England have.

The duo now have eight Premier League games remaining as they try and force their way into Southgate's plans.

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Alan Shearer
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Phil Jones
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Jordan Henderson
Gary Cahill
England Football
Chris Smalling
Gareth Southgate
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Jonjo Shelvey
Adam Lallana

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