Klopp questions Southgate over Joe Gomez England snub
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Klopp questions Southgate over Joe Gomez England snub

Joe Gomez's exclusion from Southgate's Three Lions team perplexes Jurgen Klopp, especially given that John Stones played against Andorra and Hungary despite not having played a minute of Premier League football for Manchester City this season.

He said: ‘Sometimes Gareth reacts if you are not playing for your club you can’t play for the national team. Obviously, there is a special thing for Mr. Stones.

Joe is in a top shape – he looks really good. I know that Gareth reacts on if players aren’t playing regularly. He is an exceptional center-half. Nat Phillips doesn’t make the squad because of the numbers but he trains exceptionally.

‘We have five exceptional center-backs. Last year taught us we need at least four center-backs but when they are all healthy, we get these questions.

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‘It’s not perfect every week for them but it’s the situation and they deal really well with it because of their quality.’

Since his return, Gomez has demonstrated his sharpness by starting and finishing a tight Champions League match against AC Milan last month.