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Ryan: World Cup omission was an oversight by boss.

RYAN Bertrand thinks his omission from England's World Cup squad was "an oversight" by manager Gareth Southgate.

The Southampton left-back did not make the final 23 for the tournament in Russia, which starts next week.

| Ryan Bertrand Some observers suggested Ashley Young and Fabian Delph, who are both options for Southgate at left-back, were picked for their versatility, but Bertrand believes he is well suited to the system England use.

He said: "I played wing-back in a five at the end of the season, which is how England play.

"I also played in a central three for Southampton with Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte, and we went on Southampton's record clean sheet run, six on the bounce.

"I played left midfield in a Champions League final for Chelsea. It is perhaps an oversight in the manager's analysis and I find that hard to take."

Southgate called Bertrand to tell him he would not be part of the squad, but the harder conversation for the 28-year-old was the one which followed with his mother.

"That was hard. She was upset," he added. "She was the one always there on the touchline with me as a kid. On those cold Sunday mornings and wet Tuesday nights when I was at Gillingham, we dreamed about World Cups."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 10, 2018
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