‘Why is Harvey Elliott not talked about for England?’ talkSPORT pundits surprised Liverpool star not in conversation as Gareth Southgate selects Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher in World Cup squad

    Adrian Durham and Lianne Sanderson have been left baffled by Harvey Elliott failing to be in the discussion to make England’s World Cup squad.

    The Liverpool starlet, 19, has enjoyed an impressive season having scored three goals in 21 games in all competitions.

    Elliott has featured in almost double the amount of games for Liverpool this season compared to last campaign

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    Elliott has featured in almost double the amount of games for Liverpool this season compared to last campaign

    But the midfielder was overlooked by Gareth Southgate, who instead preferred Conor Gallagher in his 26-man squad for Qatar.

    The Chelsea man has started just six Premier League games this season having been used sparingly by Thomas Tuchel and now Graham Potter.

    And talkSPORT host Adrian Durham cannot believe that Elliott’s name wasn’t in conversation to secure an unlikely spot on the plane.

    He said: “Harvey Elliott – he never gets talked about [for England] and I can’t get my head around it.

    “Those centre-mids, I had Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, I had James Ward-Prowse in my 26, I didn’t have Kalvin Phillips in and that was with a heavy heart because I’m a big fan.

    “But when you go further forward and look at the attacking midfielders, I think some of them are no-brainers – Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, I think James Maddison for sure, and I put Mason Mount in even though he’s having a horrible season with Chelsea.

    Southgate named his England squad for the World Cup on Thursday

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    Southgate named his England squad for the World Cup on Thursday

    “But I’ve also got Elliott in my squad. I think he’s been excellent for Liverpool and not just in the Premier League, in the Champions League as well.”

    Former Lionesses star Sanderson, who represented England’s Women’s side at World Cups in 2007 and 2015, agreed with Durham.

    She remarked: “Absolutely. I would have Harvey Elliott in my squad, I think he’s in-form, he’s done so well for Liverpool and he’s got that flair.

    “I think England miss those flair-type players. We almost don’t know how to handle players like that.

    Gallagher was called up to Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad despite not being a regular at Chelsea

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    Gallagher was called up to Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad despite not being a regular at Chelsea

    “We remember the likes of Joe Cole, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoine, even now with Jack Grealish, they all have something different.

    “I don’t think Gareth Southgate knows how to handle players like that, and it’s been like that at England for years.

    “It’s a big shame Harvey Elliott hasn’t been picked, but it’s the fact he’s not really even in the question, he’s not really been in the running for it.

    “I know how everyone has been saying James Maddison HAD to be in there – but why not Elliott too? He’s been excellent.”

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