Graeme Le Saux: Southgate made the right calls on Wilshere and Hart

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Jordan Henderson is Graeme's pick to be England captain - but says it shouldn't guarantee him a place
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Betfair Ambassador Graeme Le Saux gives us his reaction to Gareth Southgate's squad announcement and addresses the thorny issue of who should captain the side in Russia...

"I think Gareth made the right decision to leave out Joe Hart and Jack Wilshire; I wouldn't have taken either of them. When it comes to Hart it could have caused problems having such an experienced player as a background man."

Enthusiasm trumps experience

I think Gareth made the right decision to leave out Joe Hart and Jack Wilshire; I wouldn't have taken either of them. When it comes to Hart it could have caused problems having such an experienced player as a background man.

Hart himself would have found it difficult I think and that would have outweighed the positives of having an older head in the squad. It's better to have a younger player like Nick Pope who will be enthusiastic and see it as an opportunity just to be in Russia

The big priority for this young squad will be having the maturity to leave their club baggage at the door and not to stick to any rivalries that they have had during the season in the Premier League. If they can't do that, then they'll come home like other England teams have with their tails between their legs. It's key that there's no immaturity in that way from any of the players.

Captaincy not important, but I'd give it to Hendo

I've said for many years that we have an obsession with who will be England captain at major tournaments. If I was an England manager I wouldn't name a captain until we got to a tournament as it usually becomes a big distraction and a story when I don't think it should be. Southgate's decision to hold off naming one at this stage, therefore, is the right one.

In other sports such as cricket, captaincy is more important, but in football, while I respect people who have been captains at international level, it's more of a token role.

I do think Jordan Henderson should get the nod over Harry Kane though as he's more a deserving captain, with Liverpool having had a great season, and the Spurs man not the skipper at club level.

But if even if Henderson does get the captaincy it doesn't mean he'll start or play every game. You pick your team depending on your opposition and I think the wiggle room Gareth can give himself if he underplays the captaincy would be beneficial, so people don't see it as 'crisis in the England camp' if his captain doesn't happen to always be on the pitch.

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