Portugal vs Netherlands: Exclusive coverage of Nations League final in Porto 3 ‘WEAPON’ Southgate defends Stones after error, says England will not change playing style 3 Sancho could have taken the spot that opened up with Lallana’s exit. Or what about Will Hughes, who played under Southgate at Under-21 level and has been a star performer for Watford since the end of last season.No other English player resembles Lallana as much as Hughes, and for all the success in Russia there remains a feeling a true creator like the former Derby man was missing from Southgate’s squad.So what better time to introduce him to the squad than now? Hughes not even being named in the initial squad must have been disappointing, but to then see a fourth goalkeeper called up ahead of him when a midfielder pulled out borders on insulting.Southgate spoke after the announcement of his latest squad by admitting this is a ‘fresh cycle’ for England, which will see new, younger players brought into the fold. Gary Cahill, the defender, and forward Jamie Vardy have already stepped back from the international stage having seen themselves as the old guard, but Southgate continues to select players so completely undeserving of international recognition.Lallana’s one of them, of course, but you also have Danny Welbeck – a striker with a grand total of three league goals in the last year – and Fabian Delph, who has only appeared for Manchester City this season pictured among the substitutes. Is Delph really deserving of a place in the England squad having not played a single minute of competitive football this season? CHAMPIONS Carragher slams ‘stupid’ Stones and defends Southgate’s philosophy Switzerland vs England: Exclusive coverage of Nations League play-off match When the lights went out on England’s historic World Cup campaign with a semi-final defeat at the hands of Croatia, all the calls were to look to the future.England’s squad was the joint-second youngest in the entire tournament – only Nigeria’s average age was lower than England’s 26 years – and the view immediately following that defeat in Moscow was that this tournament was useful experience for a group of youngsters who would more seriously challenge for international honours in Qatar four years from now. Go for glory Portugal 1 Netherlands 0 updates: Guedes fires hosts to Nations League glory Lallana has played 30 minutes for England since June 2017 It was a summer of fun for Southgate and co, but can it continue? Lallana, the Liverpool midfielder, turns 31 later this season and, since the start of 2018/19, has played fewer competitive minutes than the aforementioned Foden.He missed almost the entirety of last season with injury, and Southgate’s decision to call up a player who has done nothing on a football pitch since the spring of 2017 reeks of favouritism.This is not a young player who unfortunately missed the World Cup through injury. This is a player who will be 32 at the start of the next European Championship, and is unlikely to have a place, aged 34, in the squad should England qualify for the next World Cup.Lallana picking up another injury that has forced him to withdraw from the squad was hilarious in its inevitability, while Southgate’s decision to call up Marcus Bettinelli, the goalkeeper, in his stead almost comes across as arrogance.There are now four goalkeepers in the England squad.There are only three strikers. not like that explained LISTEN NOW Latest Nations League news know your limits Euro 2020 play-offs: How it works, fixtures dates and countries involved Cascarino to Stones: You’re not Bobby Moore, so don’t try to play like him In the days before Southgate named his first post-World Cup squad, for the Nations League clash against Spain and a friendly encounter with Switzerland, rumours were rife that the likes of Phil Foden, the Manchester City midfielder, Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho and Callum Wilson of Bournemouth could be in line to win their first caps for their country.Quite rightly, Southgate did not call up Foden, who has played nowhere near enough competitive football to deserve a place in the England squad, but leaving out Sancho – who has played regularly for Dortmund since the second half of last season – is a real missed opportunity.In Sancho’s place you have Adam Lallana returning to the squad, a couple of months after he missed out on World Cup selection and had to settle for a place on the standby list. Netherlands fans mock England with chant sang in perfect English during win my choice Guedes strikes as Portugal beat Netherlands 1-0 to win inaugural Nations League 3 TUNEFUL Ex-Liverpool star says Alexander-Arnold should play in midfield for England showdown Southgate has been saying all the right things since his appointment as manager, and it was easy to give him time to implement his plans given he took charge of England in a qualification cycle for the World Cup.That tournament was a perfect bookend to the first period of his spell as manager, and now is the time changes should have been made to usher in a new era.Instead we have the same old England, where undeserving players continue to be capped and bright talents who are grafting away in superb fashion with their clubs are being overlooked by the manager who talks the talk, but is certainly not walking the walk.