Three Lions coach, Gareth Southgate earlier today announced his 25 man squad for the upcoming internationals against Albania and San Marino.
They were some notable names missing from the squad with Man Utd trio, Mason Greenwood, Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho failing to get spots in the latest roaster.
Southgate has explained the reason behind his decision to ommit the three Man Utd players from the squad and according to him, Sancho and Lingard have not had enough playing time at Man Utd.
Gareth Southgate: “With Jesse [Lingard] and with Jadon [Sancho], they just aren’t playing a lot of football compared to the other players in their positions.”
“I know people say I’m inconsistent but I don’t think I am. If you’re playing regularly for your club you’ve got a much better chance of us assessing your level compared to the rest of the group.” “
With these two lads [Lingard & Sancho], they’ve got great competition for places in the positions they play. Jesse has had 10/15 minutes, I don’t know what his form is, what his fitness is really, to be able to assess him against the rest of the group.”
“Both of those boys [Lingard & Sancho] when I spoke to them totally understood that, they get it, they know that at the moment they’ve got to playing for their clubs and playing well and then England is a bonus on the top.”
“They’re both players that have done well for us and I’m sure they will be back with us.”
Concerning Mason Greenwood, the England boss explained that the youngster was left out due to family reasons.
“He [Mason Greenwood] and his family felt they needed time and with the young player we are mindful of that. We believe he has a big future and has a challenge of that. We will continue to watch him closely.”
The Man Utd trio would be hoping to get back into the England set up as soon as possible but they’d have to get back to top form for their clubside especially Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard who are currently struggling for game time in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.