Peru coach Ricardo Gareca was forced to leave captain Paolo Guerrero out of the squad for World Cup 2018.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport increased his ban for testing positive for cocaine contained in a tea from six months to 14 months.
“We must stand in solidarity with Guerrero. We have to live in a complicated situation,” Gareca said.
Watch the video below for the rest of the coach’s quotes.
A roster top heavy with centre-backs and full-backs points to a continued use of a five-man defence. The conversation now focuses on how the different pieces come together with the varied challenges presented in Group G against Tunisia, Panama and Belgium – plus an expected run into the knockouts.
Only two members of Southgate’s 23-man roster have scored more than 10 goals for their country, but this doesn’t mean there are a lack of attacking options.
When minnows such as Tunisia and Panama must be put to the sword, a positive line-up emerges.
John Stones is a progressive passer and fellow centre-back Harry Maguire is willing to repeatedly dribble past midfield.
Attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard has been utilised before by Manchester United at wing-back, providing astute dovetailing with club-mate Ashley Young.
Tottenham anchor man Eric Dier would be deemed superfluous, allowing close pal Dele Alli to probe from the centre alongside Manchester City’s electric forward Raheem Sterling.
Up top, Jamie Vardy’s pace would provide a willing foil for Harry Kane. The former has seven goals in his last nine games for club and country.
With premium centre-backs such as Rio Ferdinand and John Terry an increasingly distant memory, England will need to entrust the entire line-up to keeping out the World Cup’s finest.
A measured XI should need to be selected by Southgate for Group G’s denouement against star-studded Belgium on June 28.
With this in mind, the defensive-midfield pivot of skipper Jordan Henderson and Dier is essential.
At the back, the adventure of Leicester’s Maguire must make way for 58-cap Gary Cahill – the squad’s most-experienced member.
If Alli is given the nod over City utility man Fabian Delph in centre midfield, it would mean Kane and Vardy can still play together.
But the former would carry out the deeper role utilised at Euro 2016 to middling effect, while Vardy would scurry after any long balls.
Southgate’s half decade spent within the England coaching system means his knowledge of the current crop is without peer.
With the limited resources available to him – nearly 70 per cent of Premier League players are foreign born – he is best placed to find a solution.
Everton’s Jordan Pickford is the obvious choice in goal.
Expect Southgate’s March friendly experiment of playing world-class City right-back Kyle Walker at centre-back to be repeated. If fit, United’s Phil Jones will add ballast.
The Henderson/Dier axis was bemoaned when used for half of the Three Lions’ 10 qualifiers. But the duo provide essential security.
To accommodate Kane and Sterling, who was involved in 36 goals for City last term, Alli may need to drop into centre midfield. It is key that he prospers there, unlike Euro 2016.
Ahead of World Cup 2018, we take a look at the confirmed 23-man squads of the top teams heading to Russia and allot a classification to each player.
We divide the players into six categories – World Class, Excellent, Good, Untested, Average and Sub-par.
In this edition, we run the rule over the England squad.
WORLD CLASS – 1
Players rated among the elite of world football
Harry Kane (Striker, Tottenham) – Among the finest goal-scorers in the world. England’s great white hope.
EXCELLENT – 2
Outstanding players who don’t quite make the top tier
Dele Alli (Midfielder, Tottenham) – Can be a real match-winner, capable of the spectacular and brings the best out of Kane.
Raheem Sterling (Forward, Man City) – Has evolved into a well-rounded attacker. Intelligent with his runs and will create chances.
GOOD – 8
Formidable forces who can excel on their day
Jordan Pickford (Goalkeeper, Everton) – England’s No1 and has had a good season. Vastly inexperienced though.
Jamie Vardy (Striker, Leicester) – Such a threat in behind and an uncompromising finisher.
Jesse Lingard (Forward, Man United) – Excels with his link-up play and has a penchant for scoring big goals.
Jordan Henderson (Midfielder, Liverpool) – Best suited to anchor the midfield, nothing fancy but gets the job done.
Kyle Walker (Defender, Man City) – Suspect at times but his composure on the ball can work in England’s three-man central defence.
John Stones (Defender, Man City) -Prone to the odd mistake but reads the game well and the starting point in the build-up.
Marcus Rashford (Forward, Man United) – Can drift in and out of games but is versatile, relentless and an excellent impact player.
Phil Jones (Defender, Man United) – Arguably England’s best defender in the purest sense… if he can stay fit.
UNTESTED – 3
Promising prospects with little experience
Nick Pope (Goalkeeper, Burnley) – An outstanding shot-stopper capable of challenging Pickford for his place.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Defender, Liverpool) – Versatile and composed for his age. Has coped well with the demand at Liverpool.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Midfielder, Chelsea) – Great touch, skill and vision although his mobility or lack thereof is a concern.
AVERAGE – 5
Deserve to make the cut but aren’t special
Danny Rose (Wing-back, Tottenham) – Should really be at a higher level but a disruptive season at Tottenham has set him back.
Ashley Young (Wing-back, Man United) – Top marks for effort and discipline but woefully short of quality.
Fabian Delph (Defender/midfielder, Man City) – A good squad player given his versatility but will struggle to start.
Kieran Trippier (Wing-back, Tottenham) – No significant weakness but a relatively modest talent.
Eric Dier (Midfielder, Tottenham) – Shields the defence well in midfield but doesn’t offer much else.
SUB-PAR – 4
Shouldn’t be going to the World Cup
Jack Butland (Goalkeeper, Stoke) – A talent no doubt but has gone off the boil.
Gary Cahill (Defender, Chelsea) – Past his best, slowing down and no longer first choice for Chelsea.
Danny Welbeck (Forward, Arsenal) – Hasn’t excelled as either a striker or a winger and habitually fluffs his lines.
Harry Maguire (Defender, Leicester) – A no-nonsense defender but seriously off the pace and unsophisticated.