Date: 3rd September 2019 at 2:50pm
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Gareth Southgate has not called up for England because he is looking for central defenders who are comfortable playing the ball out from the back, according to .

captain has been a solid performer on Tyneside for some time now, but thus far, a Three Lions cap has eluded him.

And writing in a Q&A for The Athletic, Waugh has pinpointed why.

He said: “My understanding of the Lascelles-England situation, though, is that Gareth Southgate wants centre backs who can play it out from the back comfortably, and that is not one of Lascelles’ greatest strengths.

“Selfishly, I am not unduly concerned if he keeps getting overlooked for England; it means he can concentrate on performing for instead.”

OPINION

Lascelles can perhaps feel hard done by after missing out on yet another England squad. The captain has been real leader on the pitch since he was given the armband, and was inspired at times during last under  Benitez. This season has been similarly impressive so far, and he has averaged 5.5 clearances and 2.5 interceptions per game in the , as per Whoscored. Lascelles is very much a traditional centre-back in his style of play, and unfortunately for him, the England set-up appears to be a lot more forward thinking and progressive under Southgate. That’s where the ’ skipper falls down a little bit. So far this term he has managed just 0.3 successful dribbles per game, and has made 5.3 unsuccessful short passes. On the basis of that, you can see why Southgate has chosen to go with other options.