Ryan Bertrand Questions Gareth Southgate After World Cup Omission

Ryan Bertrand Questions Gareth Southgate After World Cup Omission
Jun 9, 2018

England International News Southampton

Ryan Bertrand has opened up on England boss Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave him from the World Cup squad, also blasting the decision as an ‘oversight’.

Bertrand, a left-back for Southampton, has featured in several of England’s qualifying matches for the World Cup ahead of this summer, but he wasn’t included in the official squad for the tournament in Russia this summer – with Southgate opting to take Danny Rose, Ashley Young and Fabian Delph instead as his full-back options.

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It is thought that the 47-year-old went for the aforementioned trio over Bertrand because of their versatility and capability to play in various positions, even though he has featured on 40 occasions for Southampton this season.

However, Bertrand was frustrated after learning about his omission from the squad, and laughed off claims that he didn’t possess the same versatility.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Bertrand said: “I played wing-back in a five at the end of the season, which is how England play. I also played in a central three for Southampton with Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte, and we went on Southampton’s record clean-sheet run, six on the bounce.”

The 28-year-old also started as a left midfielder during Chelsea’s famous Champions League triumph against Bayern Munich in the final back in 2012, and branding Southgate’s analysis as an “oversight” as well as adding that his exclusion was “hard to take”.

England begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on Monday 18th in Volgograd.

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