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​England boss Southgate: I commit a crime with every selection!

England manager Gareth Southgate admits he is unable to please everyone with his team selections.

The Three Lions boss consistently comes in for criticism for picking a specific player or excluding another, especially in the attacking positions.

Following a 5-0 win over Andorra away from home, England only need to win two of their last three qualifiers to reach the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Southgate was asked about how he juggles selection issues with such a deep and talented squad.

"We want the squad to feel involved," Southgate told reporters.

He added: "It is important they know their value and can contribute; it wasn't a friendly [against Andorra], there were qualification points at stake and I was really pleased with the quality of the performance as well as the application," Southgate added.

"I have a headache and commit a crime every time I pick a team. We have such strong competition for places; there were lots of players who did their own confidence and reputation the world of good the other day and that is pleasing to see.

"We can't be a team that has a day off. We want to keep consistency, and we've had that throughout this calendar year. Everyone has pride in putting the shirt on."


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