The right calls? Southgate’s key England World Cup squad decisions examined

After the manager named his 26-man squad for Qatar we look at the surprise selections, defensive concerns and fitness issuesNothing came as a bigger shock than the revelation that Gareth Southgate has bowed to the clamour to include James Maddison. England are not exactly in a position to overlook creative talents, but even people close to the Leicester playmaker were not expecting him to be in the squad. All the talk was about the doubts over Maddison’s personality; he has not been involved and the sense was that infamous visit to the casino while he was meant to be on international duty in 2019 was going to count against him.

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