Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell left out of England matchday squad for Croatia clash

Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell are two surprise absentees from England’s squad for their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia at Wembley.

The Borussia Dortmund winger and Chelsea left-back will play no part of the clash in London this afternoon.

Gareth Southgate’s team has caused much debate among Three Lions supporters.

And most notably is his decision to play natural right-back Kieran Trippier on the left of his four-man defence.

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is fit and on the bench, but Atletico star and 2018 World Cup hero Trippier has got the nod ahead of him.

Neither Jadon Sancho or Ben Chilwell are in England’s squad to face Croatia
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England fans were largely left unimpressed by the decision surrounding Trippier.

One posted in reply to England’s Twitter post announcing the line-up: “Someone please explain to me why he couldn’t play shaw or Chilwell at left-back and we have to play a right back there?”

Another replied: “He actually started Tripper at left-back”.

And a third put: “Shaw? Chilwell? Grealish? Trippier at LB? Southgate has lost the plot.”

Should Kieran Trippier be England’s first choice at left-back? Let us know in the comments section.

Kieran Trippier was a favourite of Gareth Southgate at the 2018 World Cup and starts England’s Euro 2020 opener three years on

Additionally, England remain without centre-half Harry Maguire.

He is still working his way back to full fitness from an ankle injury suffered for Manchester United in the Premier League away win at Aston Villa back on May 9.

Maguire is in a race to return in time for England’s third group stage match against the Czech Republic next Tuesday, but even that could prove too soon.

Chilwell and Sancho’s absences have come as a surprise, though.

Harry Maguire is back in training but is not yet match fit
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