England boss Gareth Southgate has explained the reason why Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were dropped from the Three Lions squad.
The Manchester United pair were left out of the England squad ahead of the upcoming international break. Speaking to the media, Southgate revealed the duo was left out due to their recent performances.
Rashford has struggled in United shirt in recent matches and it is reported to be considering his future at Old Trafford. On the other hand, Sancho has been in a good run for the Red Devils and he was a surprise omission from the England squad.
“The other attacking players in the squad are slightly ahead of him in our feeling,” Southgate said after confirming his squad.
“You can see the names there, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Jack Grealish. Jadon over the last few weeks his performances have improved but it’s an area of the field we’ve got big competition for places.”
“He’s in the same position as everybody else, whether they’re in the squad or not they have to play well towards the end of this season and in particular the beginning of next,” he said.
“It’s a difficult time for him, he’s clearly not at his best, but we know a lot about Marcus and hopefully he can rediscover the form we know he’s capable of.”
On keeping Maguire
“I don’t think it ever crossed our minds not to select Harry Maguire for this squad, he’s been a key part of the starting XI that got us a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship final,” he said.
“The club are going through a difficult period, [but] you have to look at our best players and he’s in that group, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s one of our best centre backs.
“I’ll always be accused of double standards of picking on form but there are nuances to that, there’s a more difficult path on selecting a squad.”
England will face Switzerland and Cote D’Ivoire in March with a 25-man squad, after manager Gareth Southgate made his pick on Thursday afternoon.