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Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville clash as they pick England Euro 2020 squad

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville exchanged verbal blows after clashing over their preferred England squads to go to the European Championships this summer.

After a relatively easy international break for the Three Lions, Gareth Southgate has more questions than answers ahead of the Euros.

Jesse Lingard has played himself into contention, Jack Grealish remains a divisive issue and there are question marks over Trent Alexander-Arnold.

For Liverpool legend Carragher, it is an easy decision – the defender must go to the Euros.

However, his Manchester United pal Neville thinks differently and the two clashed in the Sky Sports studio trying to decide who should go.

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In his squad, Carra picked nine defenders – four centre-backs, three right-backs and two left-backs – and Neville was having none of it.

“I think it is bizarre,” he said on MNF.

The Liverpool legend hit back by saying: “You said if Southgate wanted to win the tournament he has to go pragmatic and play a back-five?”

There was talk over whether Southgate would include Alexander-Arnold, to which Carragher insisted there is only one choice.

He added: “He’s a unique talent, he’s not the same as any other full-back. Most full-backs, even attacking ones, the greatest ones going forward, are up and down in a straight line. He’s Kevin De Bruyne playing right-back. He’s different.

“When you talk about the areas you want him on the ball, I’d want him in that position more than anyone else in Europe. Harry Kane would want him on the ball there too, Raheem Sterling too.

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“We haven’t seen enough of it in an England shirt, I get that. But Southgate has got to find a way to get him on the ball.

“You can talk about players coming up against him, but his own players, Sterling and Kane, whoever else is on that back post, will want him on the ball, in that position, more than anyone else in the country.”

But Neville is not so sure and insists the right-back being dropped last month was no accident.

“I don’t think he will include him,” he said. “I think leaving him out in March was a precursor for the summer.

“I don’t think he would just drop that bombshell, I think he was getting everyone used to the idea this incredible talent is maybe not going to a tournament, unless [Kyle] Walker, [Reece] James or [Kieran] Trippier get injured.”

Gary Neville’s England Euro 2020 squad

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Gary Neville gave his England squad on Monday night

Goalkeepers:

Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Dean Henderson

Defenders:

Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Eric Dier.

Midfielders: Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Phil Foden, James Ward-Prowse.

Forwards: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood.

Jamie Carragher’s England Euro 2020 squad:

Jamie Carragher has picked his 23-man squad

Goalkeepers:

Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Dean Henderson

Defenders:

Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Conor Coady, Reece James.

Midfielders: Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham.

Forwards: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford.




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