England’s squad for their upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifying matches has been announced and it’s not looking good for Arsenal…

Among the players called up to face Slovenia and Lithuania in October are West Brom’s Jake Livermore, Manchester City’s Fabian Delph and United’s Jesse Lingard. However, not a single Arsenal player has been included in Gareth Southgate’s squad.


Despite not even making one Premier League start for Liverpool since signing for them and playing a grand total of 66 minutes over three games, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still hanging in there.

Granted, Theo Walcott hasn’t played for the Three Lions since November 2016 when he featured for 63 minutes in a friendly against Spain.

This season, the 28-year-old’s time on the pitch has been scarce; he’s only made four appearances over all competitions. So it would take a miracle for Southgate to pick him now.

Danny Welbeck is sidelined with a groin injury until 14 October, so obviously can’t be picked.

While it’s not a surprise that Jack Wilshere hasn’t been called up as he only played his first 90 minutes since 2014 against Doncaster last week, it would have been great to see him picked and I think England fans would have been pleased with the decision.

England v Slovenia kicks off at 7:45pm on Thursday 5 October.

Lithuania v England kicks off at 5pm on Sunday 8 October.

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