Gareth Southgate, England’s coach, has explained his reasons why he dropped Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard off his squad for the remaining games of world cup qualifications.
Although it was expected that he might probably drop them, he took it upon himself to clear the air on his reasons for his actions.
Recall that England will be facing Albania and San Marino later this month as they look to seal their place at the 2022 World Cup.
Sancho has not been playing frequently as he joined Manchester United during the transfer window upon the £72.9m move from Borussia Dortmund.
He has also been on the bench as could be seen in the Manchester United game against Atalanta on Tuesday.
On the side of Jesse Lingard, he has never started a game having returned on loan from West Ham United, where he was a key player.
From all indications, Southgate’s reasons are based on the fact that the duo have not maintained a great playing time to secure a place in his squad.
“With Jesse and Jadon, they just aren’t playing a lot of football compared to others in their positions,” Southgate said
“If you’re playing regularly for your club, you’ve got a much better chance of us assessing how you’re playing compared to the group.
“With these two lads, they’ve got great competition for places in the position they play. Both of them totally understand that, they know they’ve got to get playing for their clubs, and playing well. And then England is a bonus on the top. They have done well for us, I’m sure they will be back with us.”
Also, Mason Greenwood has no place in the England’s squad presently since picking up his solitary cap against Iceland in 2020.
“I discussed the situation last time so we’ve been there,” Southgate said of Greenwood’s absence, referring back to previous comments insisting he does not want to overwork the young striker by calling him up for international duty as well.