160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – Iraq’s political crisis worsened Monday as five more ministers announced a boycott of Cabinet meetings – leaving the embattled prime minister’s unity government with no members affiliated with Sunni political factions. Meanwhile, a suicide bomber killed at least 28 people in a northern city, including 19 children, some playing hopscotch and marbles in front of their homes. And the American military reported five new U.S. deaths: Four soldiers were killed in a combat explosion in restive Diyala province north of the capital Monday, and a soldier was killed and two were wounded during fighting in eastern Baghdad on Sunday. The new cracks in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government appeared even as U.S. military officials sounded cautious notes of progress on security, citing strides against insurgents linked to al-Qaida in Iraq but also new threats from Iranian-backed Shiite militias. Despite the new U.S. accusations of Iranian meddling, the U.S. and Iranian ambassadors met Monday for their third round of talks in just over two months. A U.S. embassy spokesman called the talks between U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and his counterpart, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, “frank and serious.” But it was al-Maliki’s troubles that seized the most attention.
Two of Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea starlets got the nod, while a Liverpool man was described as a ‘nailed on’ pick for Gareth Southgate’s side.But Alli, who has been criticised for his recent lack of form, did not make the list and neither did fellow Spurs stars Harry Winks – who was named in the most recent squad – or Eric Dier – who has made just four appearances this season.See who Big Sam chose in the video below! “I’ve gone for a lad who I think can open the door in the final third, and that’s Jack Grealish. He’s the man for me. This lad is oozing class in the Premier League, it hasn’t fazed him at all.“And I think I’ll also go for Callum Hudson-Odoi. I hope he continues his progress in a Chelsea shirt and shows his talent in the Premier League and the England side.” 2 Best mates Mason Mount and Declan Rice have been tipped for England’s Euro 2020 squad by Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce says he wouldn’t take Dele Alli to Euro 2020 AFP or licensors ✅ #AVFC’s @JackGrealish1✅ Two Chelsea youngsters❌ No #THFC playersSam Allardyce picks the six English midfielders he’d take to Euro 2020. 🏴 What do you make of his choices? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/Y7tkY4cXfN— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 29, 2019The former England boss said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “It’s an extremely difficult task and there will be people who will agree and won’t agree with me.“The two who are nailed on, for me, are Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice for their consistency and the solid base they give the midfield for England and for their clubs.“The flair players who are coming into pretty good form at this moment in time would be Mason Mount and James Maddison. Sam Allardyce has picked the six England midfielders he would take to the Euro 2020 finals next summer, but snubbed out-of-form Tottenham star Dele Alli.talkSPORT tasked the former Three Lions boss with selecting the midfield combo he would choose for next year’s tournament, and put a list of the top 15 leading candidates in front of him. 2