Raheem Sterling has been left out of European Qualifiers squad.
England manager Gareth Southgate named a 25-man squad for the upcoming European Qualifier games against Malta and North Macedonia.
They have already booked their place in next year’s finals in Germany and Sterling was omitted from the squad for the 5th consecutive time.
The Chelsea winger has failed to feature in an England squad since the World Cup.
Sterling has amassed over 82 appearances for the Three Lions and scored 20 goals for the team.
“The door is 100 per cent open not only for Raheem but for other players in this squad,” Southgate said.
“There’s no doubt about that. We don’t need to know about his quality, his personality. He is a crucial part of why we’ve had the journey we’ve had over the last few years. I can only repeat what I’ve said in the last few squad selection meetings: the team are playing really well.
“We had an exceptional win against Italy last time around. Who do we leave out to put him in? It is as simple as that really.”
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