Pulis: Duo should be ready if England call
JAY Rodriguez and Kieran Gibbs shouldn’t book summer holidays just yet, because their country could still need them.
That’s the view of Tony Pulis who reckons the Albion duo could still force their way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup.
There is, of course, the small matter of qualifying for the tournament in Russia.
But it would take a catastrophic collapse for the Three Lions, Jake Livermore included, not to book their place in the next few days.
England sit two points clear at the top of qualifying Group F with two games to go.
A win against either Slovenia, at Wembley tomorrow, or Lithuania in Vilnius on Sunday, will seal qualification.
Livermore has battled back into the national picture after some eyecatching displays for his club.
Indeed, Southgate has named the Albion man in all four of his squads as permanent England boss. And Pulis sees no reason why Gibbs and Rodriguez can’t follow suit.
“We’ve had outstanding performances from Gibbs since he’s come into the football club and Jay has been fantastic as well,” Pulis said.
“There’s people outside the group that could force their way in over the coming months. I think Gareth will have an open mind.
“There’s two-thirds of the season to go for us, or more than that. at.
“You get injuries, loss s of form, everything happenning within a season.
“Especially with the England players or whoever goes to the World Cup, you’ve got that time to impress and make sure you do impress.”
Livermore stands a very good chance of f making the plane for Russsia. As does Nacer Chadli adli with Belgium, who have already qualified for next ext summer’s showpiece.
Chadli has not featured in the Premier League for West Brom this season, but was named in the Belgium squad for their games against Bosnia and Cyprus.
Livermore and Chadli among a large gathering competing in Russia.
Northern Irish trio Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt and Gareth McAuley are virtually assured of a play-off place.
Matt Phillips and James Morrison could still make it with Scotland.
Hal Robson-Kanu’s Wales and James McClean’s Republic of Ireland are vying for a runner-up spot behind Serbia in Group D.
“Chadli is already there with Belgium,” Pulis added
“We’ve got one lad whose going to be playing over there.
“And then you’ve got the situation with the Celts, Irish, Welsh and Scots still being involved. We’ve got that.
“England is a small part of that.” could be of Baggies
> Jay Rodriguez and (inset) Kieran Gibbs