Francis surprised by England snub

Francis surprised by England snub

Simon Francis says he was surprised England boss Gareth Southgate did not select any players from Bournemouth for his latest squad.

The Cherries have no representatives in the Three Lions party for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia, with Southgate opting for mostly tried and tested international players.

Francis believes the likes of Steve Cook, Charlie Daniels and Adam Smith deserve some recognition from England after impressing for Bournemouth since their promotion to the top flight.

Francis hopes Southgate will give the talent on show at the Vitality Stadium a second glance when he picks his next squad, and says the selection of Burnley's Michael Keane has given him hope he will consider players plying their trade outside the Premier League's elite.

He told the Bournemouth Daily Echo: "I am maybe a little bit shocked none of the lads have been called up this time because of the lack of players we've had and the way the international scene is going.

"To top it off, Michael Keane has been called up which is absolutely excellent for him and I think he has been brilliant for Burnley this season. Having said that, we have had lads who played last season and were successful in the Premier League, especially in that position.

"I would probably count myself out of that category because of my age, but Steve Cook, Adam Smith and Charlie Daniels were linked with it last season.

"I don't see why they wouldn't have been considered and I'm sure it was in the manager's thinking but the lads didn't hear anything.

"If there's room for Keane to get in there then I don't see why they couldn't. In the near future, I definitely think players could be called up."