Arsenal legend and now Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson claims England caretaker coach Gareth Southgate was wrong in not selecting two youngsters for the World Cup qualifier against Malta scheduled for tonight: Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Southampton winger Nathan Redmond.
“Redmond has done well at Southampton this season and every time he’s gone away with the under-21s he’s performed,” the former Arsenal, Villa and Portsmouth midfielder claimed.
“He’s turned up for every game but all of a sudden the senior squad comes and he’s not in it.
These lads might get disheartened,” he added.
“The under-21s should be a stepping stone to the seniors. These players deserve a chance.
“Why isn’t Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the squad? It’s Malta. You can experiment. I reckon a lot of the under 21s thought they had a chance of getting in considering it was Gareth, their old boss.”