Lampard reacts as Southgate dropped Chelsea player from England squad

Chelsea’s caretaker manager, Frank Lampard, has reacted to the decision of England coach Gareth Southgate to drop Raheem Sterling from the Three Lions squad for their Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia next month.

Sterling was left out alongside fellow Chelsea players Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell, while Arsenal’s Ben White was not included in the 25-player squad.

Reacting, Lampard, who described Sterling as a ‘top-level player’, believes Southgate will find the right outcome for what is best for the former Manchester City star.

“I don’t know the exact details of the conversation between Raheem and Gareth [Southgate] and where that is at all,” Lampard said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League tie with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday.

“All I do know is that Raheem is a top-level player that has played for England for a lot of time. From my personal memories of playing for England for many years, I know sometimes these games at the end of the season are different challenges compared to individuals who have played a lot of games and a lot of minutes.

“So if there is a mutual conversation between the two of them, then I am sure they will find the right outcome—best for England, best for Raheem.”

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