On 3 October, England men’s national team manager Gareth Southgate announced his squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers. Raheem Sterling was selected whilst Kyle Walker was snubbed again. John Stones, who has been out with an injury, was not selected.
Sterling has started remarkably this season as he has scored eight goals in nine appearances across all competitions. Given his performance, it should come to no surprise as to why the England international was selected to represent England in the upcoming international break.
What is peculiar, however, is the absence of Walker. Manchester City’s right-back was snubbed during the September 2019 international break, as Southgate preferred the younger Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Kieran Trippier. Since the September international break, Walker has continued his strong run with Manchester City, albeit it seems this was not enough to warrant a return to the national team.
Sterling, in addition to several of his Manchester City teammates, will compete in a series of qualification matches for the upcoming 2020 European Championships. A review of their respective forthcoming matches, as well as their performances, will be examined next week.