Gareth Southgate snubs Liverpool star despite 'Thanos' comparison as Chelsea man lucky

On Wednesday, Gareth Southgate named his squad for England's upcoming fixtures, and two Liverpool players made the cut.

The Three Lions are due to face Malta and North Macedonia next month in qualifying for the 2026 European Championships.

Reds skipper Jordan Henderson has been included, while right-back-turned-midfielder Trent Alexander-Arnold is back in the fold too.

Alexander-Arnold missed out on the squad in March but Southgate was unable to ignore his performances in Liverpool's new system.

The 24-year-old has notched one goal and five assists in nine matches, and it remains to be seen whether the England boss will use him in a similar way to Jurgen Klopp.

But one Liverpool player Southgate overlooked was Curtis Jones, despite the midfielder's strong form of late.

Jones has instead been named in the preliminary squad for the under-21 European Championships in June, alongside club-mate Harvey Elliott.

His wait for a first call-up to the senior side goes on.

Wherever you are in the world - in the US, the UK or further afield - you don't want to miss out. says: Jones has the right to feel hard done by. Speaking in mid-April, Arsenal legend Ian Wright warned that he was 'coming', just like supervillain Thanos in 2018 Marvel blockbuster 'Avengers: Infinity War'.

He said (via ECHO): "Curtis Jones. He's coming ladies and gents! Like he said when the Hulk got shot down, Thanos is coming. Curtis Jones is coming."

Sure enough, Jones has put together his longest-ever run of starts for Liverpool (10) and scored three goals, while also providing one assist.

That matches the tally of Conor Gallagher, a comparable midfielder who was selected, across the whole season.

And while Liverpool has been on a fine run of seven wins and two draws from nine matches, Chelsea has been abject, picking up just four points from a possible 21 under interim boss Frank Lampard and languishing in the bottom half.