Southgate said: "I have told Tom and Paul they need to be aware of the possible consequences of this decision in terms of how it would appear from the outside. I think they understand that."
"I have had discussions with Tom and his dad over the last week or so and the message from both was exactly the same. I have to say I was surprised. It was not something we’d been conscious of previously and it is for Tom to explain his full reasons."
Ince is 23 and played a lot of Under-21 football. I think it's perfectly plausible that he thinks he's got all he can from that level and would benefit from a summer off. People will criticise him but you can guarantee come the start of the season there will be talk about a few in the squad being 'burnt out'.
It's not new for Southgate to pick a lack of wingers though. In the Toulon tournament last Summer his only two wingers were Redmond and Ince, and when they weren't fit / subbed out players were played slightly out of position instead.
Don't really know what the plan is with all those attacking options. Seems to be an overload in attacking minded midfielders that aren't out and out wingers!
Timo Horn (Köln)
Loris Karius (Mainz)
Bernd Leno ( Leverkusen)
Marc Andre ter Stegen ( Barcelona)
Matthias Ginter (Dortmund)
Christian Günter (Freiburg)
Robin Knoche (Wolfsburg)
Julian Korb (Mönchengladbach)
Willi Orbam (Kaiserslautern)
Nico Schulz (Hertha)
Maximilian Arnold (Wolfsburg)
Leonardo Bittencourt (Hannover)
Emre Can (Liverpool)
Joshua Kimmrich (RB Leipzig/ Bayern München)
Kerim Demirbay (Kaiserslautern)
Johannes Geis (Mainz)
Felix Klaus (Freiburg)
Moritz Leitner (Suttgart)
Yunus Malli (Mainz)
Max Meyer (Schalke)
Amin Younes ( Kaiserslautern)
Jean Zimmer (Kaiserslautern)
Serge Gnabry (Arsenal)
Phillip Hofmann (Kaiserslautern)
Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)
Nathaniel Chalobah got injured on Monday and misses Reading's game today, so not sure how likely he is to play for the U21s now. Might force Southgate to go even more attacking as there isn't a natural replacement for in the squad.
Well there are players who patently aren't interested, and he could be one of them. Wickham should probably be in there too but obviously can't be arsed. I bet Bamford, Berhaino and Wilson all playe for their clubs after the break. Bit of a piss take. Maybe they're scared of getting hammered.
Wilson came off in about the 85th minute on Saturday with ice strapped to his lower leg, something about his ankle or foot going following some injections to his knee. Might be real, might be fake for all I know. But it sounded like the sort of knock that would clear up in a week or two. Which is very convenient.
I wouldn't like to think of him intentionally pulling out of England duty, despite his importance to us in this run-in. Howe himself played for England U21s as a youngster in the late 90s and I seem to remember it being a big deal for him and the club at the time. As a club we don't get many players representing England and we're very proud of Baily Cargil and his U20s appearances, for example. As I say, it's awfully convenient though.
As for Bamford, he looked alright Saturday. Except he was wearing gloves, on a hot afternoon in Bournemouth. Weird fella.