Gary Lineker and Micah Richards agree on why Harvey Elliott is not in England contention

Micah Richards and Gary Lineker believe Harvey Elliott is snubbed by England because Gareth Southgate sees him as a striker rather than a midfielder.

Elliott does not appear to be considered for the Euro 2024 squad as Southgate appears to prefer Manchester United’s 18-year-old starter Kobbie Mainoo and Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher. Crystal Palace’s Adam Wharton is also thought to be a late contender for the squad.

After Elliott scored a wonder goal in the Reds’ 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month, Jurgen Klopp admitted he regrets not giving the 21-year-old more minutes this season. Despite the glowing praise, Elliott’s chances of breaking into the England squad are slim. Asked why the former Fulham youngster wasn’t considered, Richards and Lineker believe it’s because he competes against the Three Lions’ forwards instead of midfielders.

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“Southgate was the manager of England U21s and he brought players through the U21s,” Richards said on the Rest is Football podcast. “I think the reason it hasn’t been mentioned is because when he plays for Liverpool, he’s been in attacking positions.

“He’s fighting Cole Palmer, Bukayo Saka, Jack Grealish, the list goes on. That’s the only reason, but its quality is there. I think it’s fantastic.”

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