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Terry Butcher: 'Ryan Sessegnon should have made England squad for World Cup'

Butcher: 'Sessegnon should have made WC squad'
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Former England defender Terry Butcher believes that Fulham wing-back Ryan Sessegnon should have made the England squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Former England defender Terry Butcher has claimed that Fulham wing-back Ryan Sessegnon should have been considered by Gareth Southgate for a place in the nation's World Cup squad.

The 17-year-old has enjoyed a fruitful season for the Cottagers, scoring 16 goals and registering seven assists en route to the Championship playoff final.

Sessegnon did not secure a place in Southgate's 23-man squad for Russia, however, and Butcher believes that the talented teenager should have made the cut.

"I would have looked at Fulham wing-back Ryan Sessegnon," Butcher told BBC Sport. "He has had a fantastic season, albeit at a lower division.

"He is a player that excites you and he is in the Championship playoffs with the possibility of playing in the Premier League next year.

"I think he is one for the future. I would have put him in but Gareth Southgate is England manager and I'm not."

Butcher was part of England's 1990 World Cup squad that came within a penalty shootout defeat by West Germany of a first final appearance since 1966.

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