Gareth Southgate has admitted that Manchester United duo Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard have not played enough football at club level to justify a place in his latest England team.
The three lions will face Albania and San Marino later this month as they look to seal their place at the 2022 World Cup.
Sancho has been used sporadically by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since his £ 72.9m move from Borussia Dortmund during the summer and has been an unused replacement in three of his team’s last five Premier League games.
He has also had to settle for commas from the bench in the Champions League recently, and has seen a total of 20 minutes over the two matches against Atalanta.
As for Lingard, he has yet to start a Premier League match this season, leading Southgate to admit that the lack of football cost the Man Utd pair a place in his latest squad.
“With Jesse and with Jadon, they simply do not play much football compared to the other players in their positions,” Southgate admitted (via football.london). “I know people say inconsistent, but I do not think I am.
“If you play regularly for your club, you have a much better chance that we can assess your level compared to the rest of the group. And sometimes there will be players who will be very deep in a position, and there may not be as many. depth in another position and a player who is in the position with less depth may have a better chance of getting in with less club time.
“With these two guys, they have a lot of competition for places in the position when they play. And Jesse has had 10-15 minutes, I do not know what his form or condition is to be able to judge him against the rest of the group.
“So both of those boys when I talked to them fully understood that. They understand that. They know that at the moment they have to play for their clubs and play well. And then England are a bonus at the top, but they are both players. who’s done well for us. And I’m sure they’ll come back with us. “
There was also no place in the squad for United striker Mason Greenwood, who has not played for England since taking his only international against Iceland in 2020.
“I discussed the situation last time so we have gone through it,” Southgate said of Greenwood’s absence, referring to previous comments that he did not want to overwork the young striker by calling him to international service as well.
The trio’s absence means that defenders Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw are United’s only representatives in the squad.
England face Albania on Friday, November 12, before concluding their qualifying campaign with a trip to San Marino three days later.
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