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Danny Drinkwater set to be ditched by Gareth Southgate for World Cup after snubbing friendly call-up

The Three Lions chief is reportedly disappointed by the Chelsea midfielder's decision not to play for his country against Germany and Brazil

Danny Drinkwater is set to be ditched for the World Cup by Gareth Southgate after he snubbed an England call-up.

That’s according to The Sun, after the Chelsea midfielder declined boss Southgate’s request to join his injury-hit squad for tonight’s friendly against Germany and Tuesday’s game with Brazil.

Drinkwater has featured just four times for the Blues since recovering from a calf injury, is now unlikely to be selected for March’s two friendlies.


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Gareth Southgate will axe Danny Drinkwater from his World Cup plans

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Gareth Southgate will axe Danny Drinkwater from his World Cup plans

Southgate said: “He’s only played 70 minutes for Chelsea in terms of starting and he felt he wasn’t ready yet to play this level.

“We had a bit of this conversation last week in that the physical demands at this level are incredibly high now.

“If Danny didn’t feel he was ready for that, I can understand given the minutes he’s had.”


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Danny Drinkwater rejected the chance to join the England squad this week

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Danny Drinkwater rejected the chance to join the England squad this week

However, according to sources, Southgate is privately disappointed with his decision.

Asked whether Drinkwater will be selected in March, Southgate said: “I’ve no idea. We might have other players back by then.”

Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are set to make their Three Lions debuts at Wembley tonight, with Eric Dier captaining for the first time.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also set for his first ever England start at Wembley

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also set for his first ever England start at Wembley

But Southgate revealed he will only select Jack Wilshere again if he starts playing for Arsenal in a deeper midfield role.

He said: “I don’t think Jack is a No 10. I hope we are in a position in March where we can pick him.”


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