Gareth Southgate explains leaving out Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho from England squad

Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have been dropped from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this month’s friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast at Wembley

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Gareth Southgate admitted there were other players “going ahead” Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho after Manchester United stars have been dropped from the England team.

Rashford and Sancho didn’t make it 25-man roster for friendlies meet Switzerland and Ivory Coast later this month. City of Manchester Ace Kyle Walker was also left out of the squad, while U21 captain Marc Guehi received his first call to focus.

“In our view, there are other attacking players in our squad that are superior to him,” Southgate said when asked about Sancho. The 21-year-old’s omission was a surprise, having scored two goals and provided three assists in his last six Premier League long trips.

“Over the last few weeks his performance has improved but it’s an area on the pitch where we have competition for places,” Southgate explained.

As for Rashford, Southgate added: “With Marcus, he’s in a position like everyone else, whether in the squad or not everyone has to play well in the next period, it’s a difficult time for him. to him, he clearly is.” He’s not at his best. There’s still plenty of time, we know about Marcus, we know what he can bring us. “

England are aiming to end a 56-year wait to claim a major title at the World Cup later this year. The Three Lions lost last summer’s Euro 2020 final on penalties to Italy and only 18 members of Southgate’s squad for that tournament have made the current roster.

Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have been left out of the England squad for this month’s friendlies


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Burnley Goalkeeper Nick Pope has been called up ahead of West Brom’s Sam Johnstone, while Ben Chilwell and Kalvin Phillips are out through injury. Emile Smith Rowe and Conor Gallagher are still part of the team.

“With Marc, he’s had a really solid season, I’ve been really impressed on and off the ball,” Southgate said when asked about Guehi. “In the biggest games he was really calm, we know a lot about him from the lower teams. There were some central defenders pressing in and being very close but we picked Marc and Ben. White.”

England will take on Switzerland at Wembley on March 26, with Ivory Coast visiting the same venue three days later. The Three Lions are yet to face a second team at senior level and have not faced a non-European team since November 2018.

Goalie: Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale

Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Marc Guehi, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Ben White

Midfielder: Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse

Striker: Tammy Abraham, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Raheem Sterling

This month’s international break will be the last of the season and the first since November, when England beat San Marino 10-0 and Albania 5-0. Southgate’s side have four Nations League matches against Hungary, Germany, Italy and Hungary again in June.

This year’s World Cup is held in Qatar and kicks off on November 21, with the final on December 18. The draw will be held on April 1 in Doha, Qatar.

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