Gareth Southgate has sounded an ominous warning to Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw over their chances of getting back into the England squad.
United’s poor Premier League showing has not helped the trio in their mission to get into Southgate’s World Cup squad. All three have been omitted from Southgate’s plans in the last 12 months.
The trio were all included in Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad with Shaw, 26, starting six of England’s seven games, including the final in which he scored.
The defender is currently missing due to injury. And he seems the most likely Manchester United man to join Harry Maguire in the squad.
Kieran Trippier filled in at left-back in Saturday’s goalless draw with Italy.
Sancho though made just one start at the finals, while Rashford made a series of sub appearances.
However, they were both axed for the March get-together with Southgate far from sympathetic.
The Three Lions boss pointed out that Rashford had withdrawn from six of the previous eight squads. And he labelled the decision to exclude him and Sancho as “fairly straightforward”.
And when asked, ahead of England’s final game of the international break against Hungary, if United’s players would be fresher for November’s World Cup due to a lack of Champions League, Southgate said. “We’ve only got one [United player] with us.
“They’ve got a lot to do to get back in the squad.
“Well, look, I think the lower the load then of course the less likely for injuries and the hope that players can be that little bit sharper but there’s no way of knowing.
One more England camp
“Some players are at their best when they’re in a rhythm of playing and you talk to some of our lads now and they want to play every game because that’s how they feel they get to their best level.
“Others need the breaks, they need longer recovery between the matches to be at their best.”
The FIFA deadline to name his World Cup squad is Monday, November 14, when England are scheduled to meet up.
Southgate is expected to name his squad the week before, with the tournament getting underway for England on November 21.
But any hopes the likes of Rashford and Sancho have of forcing their way into his plans will be down to an electric start to the season for United.
England have only one more camp before they depart for Qatar on November 15.
A double-header against Italy (away) and Germany (home) in the Nations League on September 23 and 26.