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Gareth Southgate’s Iceland omissions open the door to new wave of talent

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The beauty of life for Gareth Southgate at the moment is that his talent pool continues to run deep.

As such he was able to deliver an important message to the errant duo of Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood by leaving them out of his latest squad while at the same time offering opportunities to another wave of young talent.

So although the door will not remain closed for long for Foden and Greenwood after their foolish behaviour in Iceland last month, it has now opened to Harvey Barnes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Bukayo Saka.

Gareth Southgate sent important message by leaving out Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood

Gareth Southgate sent important message by leaving out Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood 

This is a bloated England squad, designed to cope with three games in quick succession and also the raft of withdrawals that are expected to come in the wake of this weekend’s Premier League calendar. Equally, it is an important one to be in. 

Southgate outlined some of the restrictions placed on players in the England bubble these days. Masks on at all time. No social interaction for longer than 15 minutes. No leaving the hotel for a cup of coffee.

It will doubtless be wearisome at times and Southgate will be watching. If he learned something of the immaturity of Foden and Greenwood last month, he will hope to see some altogether more encouraging signs from his squad this time. For players old and new, there are valuable points to be scored.

‘We will learn who is resilient and who is adaptable,’ Southgate said. ‘We’ll learn who might bail out when the going gets too tough, who might be a good squad member, who might not be and they will all be useful things for us.

The young pair have been dropped after they broke Covid-bubble rules in Iceland hotel

The young pair have been dropped after they broke Covid-bubble rules in Iceland hotel

Instead he has called up Harvey Barnes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (above) and Bukayo Sako

Instead he has called up Harvey Barnes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (above) and Bukayo Sako

‘And as a group of staff we will be ready. I don’t think we could get more curveballs than we got in September but there will be different ones and that will serve us in good stead when we go to tournaments where you’ve got to be resilient.’

Southgate’s decision to omit Foden and Greenwood this time feels like the right one. He revealed that he made that call the day after they smuggled two women into the team hotel in Iceland and communicated it to them immediately.

His message to them and others is clear but it is also the case that his concern will be largely pastoral from this point on. ‘They have suffered enough,’ he said, and he is probably right.

Both are rare talents and will be back soon, doubtless to stay. But players such as Barnes and Calvert-Lewin deserve their opportunities also. Their progress at Leicester and Everton has been steady but sure whereas Saka has burst through a little more quickly at Arsenal.

The extended squad could also mean more pitch time for the likes of Aston Villa's Jack Grealish

The extended squad could also mean more pitch time for the likes of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish

Southgate also responded to Jose Mourinho's plea for his players such as Kane to be rested

Southgate also responded to Jose Mourinho’s plea for his players such as Kane to be rested

With three games to be played against Wales, Belgium and Denmark in the space of seven days, each of the newcomers will get minutes. So too, hopefully, will Wolves defender Conor Coady and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.

For Southgate the balancing act is difficult. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho of Tottenham have in recent days urged him to look after their players, albeit in different ways. Southgate dealt with all that nimbly but equally conceded no ground.

‘I agree with Jose but also know exactly what he was doing,’ smiled Southgate. ‘We know we have to be responsible, we are conscious of the welfare of the players. The season as a whole is a huge challenge.

‘All Jose needs to do is make sure in April and May that he is looking after Harry Kane for us because there are 55 million people relying on that. That obviously works both ways.’

Southgate is employed largely for his abilities as a football coach and a manager of people but it undoubtedly helps to have a diplomat at the helm during these strange times, as well as a man able to see the bigger pictures of life quite naturally.

This is a strange time to be an England footballer but also a good one. Between now and next summer’s European Championship opportunities will not be in short supply for those smart enough to take them. 

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6pm Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho ‘unhappy’ after transfer failure, Pobga wages REVEALED, Rashford is SPOTY favourite

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MANCHESTER UNITED face Chelsea this evening as they look to build on the excellent midweek win over PSG.

On the transfer front, Jadon Sancho is reportedly disenchanted at Dortmund following his failed move to Old Trafford while we’ve the very latest on Paul Pogba’s new deal.

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Man Utd vs Chelsea LIVE: Stream, TV channel, score and teams – Premier League latest as Pogba and Mount dropped

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MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea are underway with Paul Pogba dropped yet again for a big Premier League clash.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put his faith in the side that thumped Newcastle 4-1, while Frank Lampard has shaken things up by dropping Mason Mount.

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  • Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Mata, Fernandes, James, Rashford.
  • Chelsea XI: Mendy; James, Azpicueta, Thiago Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Jorginho, Kante; Pulisic, Havertz, Werner.

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Mike Tyson reveals he ‘hated Michael Jackson’s guts’ after King of Pop ‘played him’ in incredible backstage gig snub

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MIKE TYSON has revealed he hated Michael Jackson’s guts after a backstage snub at one of the pop icon’s concerts.

The boxing legend is currently preparing for his in-ring comeback aged 54 in an exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr next month.

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The 'King of Pop' sensationally snubbed the 'Baddest Man on the Planet' backstage at a gig

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The ‘King of Pop’ sensationally snubbed the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ backstage at a gigCredit: AFP

During his heyday of the late 80s and early 90s, the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ was one of the most-recognisable and biggest names in the world

One man that enjoyed just as much popularity and spotlight was the late ‘King of Pop’ Jackson.

However, Tyson has admitted he held a lot of anger towards the musician until the pair did eventually hang out.

Speaking on T.I.’s expediTIously podcast, the former world champion said: “I met Mike one day, I think he was at a concert in Cleveland, I’m with Don King.

“So me and Don come in, right? And I’m champ and everything, did all this s***, undisputed.

“So Don goes and Don gives Michael Jackson the ‘peace’ sign, like this. And then so Michael gives Don the ‘peace’ sign, and so I give Michael the ‘peace’ sign, and Michael put his hand down.

“In a way, I say, ‘Did he play me? Nah, he didn’t play me, he just didn’t see me. I knew he didn’t play me, cause I’m f***ing champ.”

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Tyson and King continued to go backstage for the show – but the disrespect continued.

He continued: “So we went backstage, right? So I’m backstage, and so there’s his backstage, some of his singers and stuff.

“He’s on stage, it’s over I’m signing autographs and stuff, so Michael comes over and he talks to Don, he doesn’t talk to me. … I say ‘Let me just go on and meet Mike’, cause that’s really why I’m here, I want to meet Mike.

“And then I go over to meet Mike, … and he goes like this, ‘Don’t I know you from somewhere? Where I know you from?’

“He broke my ego, he crushed me. 

“I said ‘No, I’m just a fan, pleasure to meet you, sir. He said, ‘OK’, and then he got out and went in the car.”

Tyson admitted he refused to let go of the snub for years until Jackson finally invited him to hang out – an offer initially rejected by the fighter.

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He added: “I said ‘OK I’m coming, I’ll be over there’, right?

“So I got on a plane, went over there, hung out, and we just started hanging out together. And I said ‘F*** man, he’s a good guy.

“But in my mind, I said ‘Why’d you play me though, Mike, why’d you play me like that? You knew who I was, why’d you play me?’”

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