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Gareth Southgate says he has picked Kieran Trippier at left-back for England because of his "experience".
Chelsea Champions League winner Ben Chilwell was the favourite to play on the flank for England in the Euro 2020 opening clash with Croatia at Wembley this Sunday.
But Atletico Madrid right-back has been named ahead of him, despite the fact Chilwell is not carrying an injury.
The decision has baffled some England fans, with many questioning why Southgate has opted to play a natural right-back on the opposite side of the pitch.
Explaining his thinking on the BBC, Southgate said: "Well with Kieran, we feel he is a very experienced player, he did well against one player to stop crosses coming in.
Gareth Southgate says he has picked Kieran Trippier at left-back for England because of his "experience"
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"His communication and leadership I think will be a help. We have got changes in the backline and I think his experience will help us with the two boys who are out of the squad, including Harry Maguire.
"It's just unfortunate we can only name 23 but we have to cover the positions. I don't like that we have to leave boys out of the squad for a major competition, it's not fair on them."
Southgate has stuck with tried and tested Everton shot-stopper Jordan Pickford between the sticks this Sunday, with Kyle Walker at right-back for the Three Lions.
Tyrone Mings and John Stones have been named at centre-back, with Leed's Kalvin Phillips and West Ham's Declan Rice in holding midfield positions.
In front of the midfield enforces stands Chelsea star Mason Mount with Man City's Raheem Sterling on one side and his club teammate Phil Foden on the opposite flank.
Harry Kane has been named as the lone striker in Southgate's first England squad following a sensational season in which he won this year's Premier League Golden Boot with Tottenham.