Southgate explains Greenwood & Hudson-Odoi omissions


Gareth Southgate has revealed that Mason Greenwood has asked to “park” his England career until 2022, but that he would like Callum Hudson-Odoi to play at U21 level until further notice.

Southgate’s squad for England’s final World Cup qualifier this month was announced on Thursday, and eyebrows were raised when Greenwood and Hudson-Odoi were not called up.

The Three Lions boss has now revealed that Greenwood and his family requested that his international career be “parked” until next year. The 20-year-old was part of Southgate’s 26-man squad for the 2020 European Championships before pulling out with an injury, and declined to return to the squad in September to focus on his club form with Manchester United.

“We had a great chat with Mason and his family,” Southgate told the Telegraph. “We agreed that we would park this for next year in principle. We would leave the autumn games.

“Of course you always risk other people getting through. But he is young enough to have time here. If he establishes himself in Manchester United’s team, he will be very close to an English squad or an English team. So that piece of development he recognizes, his family recognizes, he wants to play for England, he is clear about that.

“It’s not that he does not want to be with us. We fully understand the situation. Myself and [FA technical director] John McDermott, in particular, Steve Holland through his time as a coach with lots of young players. We understand this journey they are going on. “

Hudson-Odoi, also 20, would get a call to the U-21 squad, but had no interest in playing at the youth level and believes his club form should help him secure a return to the senior team.

“We would like to [Hudson-Odoi] to be under 21, Southgate added. “He feels he would be best served by scoring a goal for the team with Chelsea. I think he has a better chance of impressing us if he is also under 21, to be honest.”

Southgate finally defended the young people and noted: “If I felt that they voted and voted, it would, in the next few months, probably be reflected in our selection.

“But we will not not choose these boys because of these developmental challenges.

“They still take a lot on board to mature in their own lives and especially in the modern world you have to listen to it, I think. As a coach I have to do the right thing. These are not boys who will tell me something they do not. feel from the heart and [who] has no interest in playing for England. “

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