There’s no denying when we look at England’s Euro 2020 squad it’s not too bad. It’s stronger than many squads going to the Euros and like Scotland’s is better than we might have expected.
But if there’s one slight puzzle, it’s the complete absence of 3 POTY contenders from Rangers, all of whom have excelled not just domestically but in Europe too.
Connor Goldson, James Tavernier and Ryan Kent have all been remarkably good this past season, all of them earning POTY nominations and in one case winning two.
And yet, all 3 of them weren’t even in consideration by Southgate for the summer, despite the fact in defence especially the depth England have isn’t exactly outstanding.
Let’s be clear – all 3 of them had absolutely stunning seasons, and all 3 of them did it convincingly in Europe at UEL level. Now, admittedly this isn’t Champions League, but plenty players going to the Euros were similar – all of Arsenal and Man Utd’s contributions last season, for example, not to mention Leicester’s.
Our question is why do England continue to arrogantly ignore good players just because they’re in Scotland?
Years ago Celtic’s Fraser Forster ended up actually playing for England, but this is a rare exception, and generally no matter how well a Rangers player does, what records he breaks or how ridiculous he is at European level, England coaches will arrogantly ignore him and choose instead from the PL.
It’s a shame – would any of the mentioned players get caps? Who knows. Maybe they’d just make up the numbers. But all three of them had seasons that earned at least a look in.
And none of them even got that.