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As a Scot­land sup­porter, the World Cup qual­i­fiers have been a mixed bag, but it’s been the same for Eng­land. Gareth South­gate’s ap­point­ment set­tled things down, but me­dia pres­sure has driven him to se­lect play­ers with ex­pe­ri­ence rather than qual­ity – play­ers like Joe Hart and Jor­dan Hen­der­son. Why he wouldn’t pick Jack But­land for a small game against Malta to give him some first-team ex­pe­ri­ence was beyond me. Luke Mc­clel­land, via email

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