Gareth Southgate’s decision not to call Aaron Wan-Bissaka up to the England first-team led to a great deal of debate last week but now, the young defender has withdrawn from the U21 squad with injury.
Many Palace fans and neutrals alike were stunned to see Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier given a place in the full Three Lions squad given the two players’ form over the last few months but it seems Southgate maintains a sense of genuinely loyalty towards the full-back for the role he played in England’s 2018 World Cup campaign.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 23, 2019
The official reason given for Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s exclusion from the full squad was a sense of continuity with the U21s; a comment which fell a little flat with the likes of Declan Rice, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jadon Sancho already included in the senior squad.
When Trent Alexander-Arnold pulled out with a knock, we were told that no one would be called up in his place only to later discover that Aaron had been put on standby for a call from Southgate, should the group suffer any more injury problems, thus excluding him from getting any under-21 minutes either. Now, we discover that he himself has withdrawn through injury with an update set to be given by Roy Hodgson during his press conference ahead of Huddersfield this weekend.
There is a chance that a slight knock has just given Aaron and the club a chance to make a point after being messed around over the last few days but at this stage in his development, it’s more likely that he does indeed actually have a genuine injury. Hopefully a few days rest will see him back to fitness for our clash with the Terriers.