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Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand commented for the first time on England manger Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave him out of the England World Cup squad, saying he didn’t expect to be omitted from the Three Lions squad.
“It was a short getaway to be back in time for England,” Bertrand was quoted by Daily Mail.
“Then the phone rang…it was more shock, silence and reflection. The chat wasn’t too long. He broke the news, there were some awkward silences and then it was over. I didn’t try to convince him he is wrong. That was pointless, it was done, the decision was made. It was nice that he had the respect to call me. I never presume but I was pretty confident I would be on the plane. I had been heavily involved, so it was a surprise. There were no hints during previous meet-ups that I had to change — or that I would be left out.”
Danny Rose, Ashley Young and Fabian Delph are the left-back options Southgate have at his disposal at the World Cup.