Reece James has ‘liked’ a social media post of Paul Merson’s comments suggesting that Gareth Southgate would have taken Harry Kane to the World Cup even if the Tottenham star had an injury.
As is always the case, there has been plenty of discussions and controversy over the 26-man England squad selected for the World Cup.
As expected, there are two Spurs representatives in the squad in the form of Kane and Eric Dier but there has been quite a lot written and said about some high-profile omissions including the likes of AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori and Brentford’s Ivan Toney.
Two Chelsea players in James and Ben Chilwell have missed due to injuries they sustained over the last week, with the right-back being sidelined with a knee injury.
Merson questioned why Southgate is willing to gamble on two injured players in Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips but not James and suggested that Kane would be on the plane if he had the same injury as the Chelsea man (The Daily Star).
James has seemingly endorsed Merson’s claim about Southgate’s double standards by ‘liking’ a Tweet that featured the former Arsenal man’s comments.
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Kane would obviously be on the plane even if he was injured as he is the captain and England’s most important player. I think James’ discontent had to do with Walker and Phillips being selected rather than anything to do with the Tottenham man.
However, I do believe that the Chelsea star is one of England’s most important players and so perhaps Southgate should have considered taking him to Qatar if the 22-year-old had a chance of featuring in the latter part of the tournament.
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