PAUL MERSON COLUMN: Southgate has let us down, Spurs showing example, Mourinho panicking

We all know what Wayne Rooney can do. He’s played a hundred times.

He could have been left out against Malta. So could a lot of the older players. I know Gareth says he needs them, but this is Malta.

No disrespect but if we can’t beat them we shouldn’t be in the competition. I just thought it was a golden opportunity to have a look at some new faces, especially the younger kids.

When Peter Taylor got the England job he played the youngsters away to Italy and made David Beckham captain. I was playing probably my best football at the time but he changed it and fair play to him.

Gareth should have done the same. How must the under-21 boys feel? Okay Marcus Rashford is back in the squad, and I hope he starts.

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