Southgate's Selection Faces Greatest Scrutiny

Last updated : 21 June 2021 By Three Lions

Gareth Southgate's team selection for England's final Euro 2020 group stage game, against the Czech Republic on Tuesday evening, has been the most keenly-debated of his whole spell in charge of the national team.

The nation has had their say about who should be in the starting XI following the collective sigh of disappointment over England's performance in the 0-0 draw against Scotland.

Within the debate, of course, has been a lot of talk about who should play - Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish being the two names whose inclusion has most been pushed for, Jude Bellingham also being mentioned in plenty of despatches - but not so much about who should be left out.

That is the power that lies in the hands of only one person and Southgate has shown at every stage of his time in charge that he is capable of ignoring the noises off and sticking with what he believes is correct for the particular game in front of him.

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Outside influences may still disrupt his thought process, right up until kick-off time on Tuesday, as events with Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount demonstrate.

The Chelsea duo have been forced to isolate after being deemed to have had close contact with their club colleague Billy Gilmour after the Scotland game on Friday evening.

Gilmour has subsequently tested positive for Covid-19 and misses the Scots' showdown with Croatia at Hampden Park.

Speaking to the press on Monday, Southgate was unsure as to whether he would be able to include Chilwell and Mount in his calculations and admitted 'I can't say it isn't disruptive'.

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