Gareth Southgate is about to prove critics right with his treatment of West Ham and Man City stars Jarrod Bowen and Jack Grealish.
When Southgate landed the England job he made bold statements about not having favourites and not giving preferential treatment to players at so-called bigger clubs.
While Hammers skipper Declan Rice has established himself as one of the first names on the England teamsheet, many West Ham fans feel it took Southgate far too long to recognise the form of Bowen over the last two years.
Southgate repeatedly snubbed West Ham’s key attacking star until finally giving him his first Three Lions call-up during the last international break.
Many have observed that Bowen may only have received that call up due to the horrendous form of the likes of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford.
Man City ace Grealish has been another many feel has been harshly treated by Southgate.
Despite clearly favouring players at so-called elite clubs, Grealish has struggled to earn recognition from Southgate even since his £100m move to Manchester City.
Often a substitute, Grealish’s face does not seem to fit under Southgate, who had – as he did with West Ham’s Bowen – snubbed the former Villa man for years prior to last summer’s Euros.
Now it seems Southgate is about to prove critics right with his treatment of West Ham and Man City stars Bowen and Grealish.
The announcement of the last England squad before Southgate picks his 26 for the World Cup will be made today. There will be no press conference to accompany the announcement, though, in the wake of the Queen’s death.
But reports leaking out in the press suggest West Ham ace Bowen and Southgate’s Man City doormat Grealish will be the ones to suffer.
Man City ace Grealish has had a tough time of things lately too.
He was substituted before the hour mark in Man City’s comeback win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night.
The playmaker’s statistics for the game read zero successful dribbles, zero accurate crosses, zero tackles won and zero aerial duels won.
Many have suggested Grealish’s quiet form – and the much improved performances from the likes of Sancho and others – will give Southgate the perfect excuse to snub the Man City man – not necessarily from the squad but certainly from the team.
England play Italy and then Germany in the Nations League on Friday September 23 and Monday September 26 respectively.