England boss Gareth Southgate has explained the reason why he dropped Jadon Sancho, Jesse Lingard, and Mason Greenwood. 

Southgate says Sancho and Lingard were dropped due to lack of playing time while Greenwood’s omission is because the forward is on a different ‘pathway’. Since his arrival at Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund, Sancho has struggled to secure a starting role in the United squad playing a combined total of 835 minutes across the club’s five fixtures.

On Greenwood

“We haven’t discussed it this month. We met with him this month and totally understand where he is. We said last month with young players their pathway and load is different,” said Southgate.

“He’s at a massive football club with massive expectation. He recognizes that is part of making it at international football. We want to get it right with young players. This happens with most players at this age. It’s a very familiar path for us in youth development.”

On Sancho and Lingard

“With Jesse and Jadon, they just aren’t playing a lot of football compared to others in their positions,’ said the England manager. 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.”


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