Gareth Southgate explains why Wan-Bissaka is excluded from England’s squad

England manager, Gareth Southgate, has explained the reason he decided to exclude Aaron Wan-Bissaka from the Three Lions’ upcoming games against the Republic of Ireland, Iceland and Belgium.

According to the former Middlesbrough coach, Wan-Bissaka has been left out because other players, like Chelsea’s Reece James and Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, who play in the same position have been better than him.

He said during a recent interview, “It’s an area of the pitch where we are blessed.

“Reece and Trent have both played as wing-backs as well as full-backs. They are in outstanding form and we are probably stronger there than in any other position.

“Aaron is a very good defender, one against one he’s probably as good as I have seen, but I have to look at the balance of the team and currently there are players ahead of him.”

Like Southgate rightly pointed out, while Wan-Bissaka is good at the back, he’s not as impressive going forward, and it’s an area he needs to improve on if he wants to compete with the best.