Two highly-rated forwards at Manchester United have been left out of the Three Lions’ latest selection
Manchester United forwards Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have been left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad amid struggles for form at club level, but there is a first senior call-up for Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi.
The Three Lions are readying themselves for friendly outings against Switzerland at Wembley on March 26 and a clash with Ivory Coast three days later.
There are plenty of familiar names within Southgate’s ranks, with all of those included eager to impress as the countdown to World Cup 2022 continues.
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Marc Guehi, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Ben White
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse
Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Raheem Sterling
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Chelsea defender Reece James is included by Southgate despite only recently returning from a long-term injury, while Arsenal playmaker Emile Smith Rowe gets the nod once again as he battles for regular starting berths with the Gunners.
His club colleague, Ben White, makes the cut among the defensive ranks but there is no place in that group for experienced Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker.
Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse is recalled and Tammy Abraham’s fine form at Roma is recognised.
Harry Maguire is called upon despite facing questions of his contribution at Manchester United, while Ben Chilwell and Kieran Trippier – of Chelsea and Newcastle respectively – are absent through injury.
On his decision to not select Sancho, Southgate said: “Because the other attacking players in the squad are slightly ahead of him at the moment. You can see the names – Foden, Sterling, Saka, Smith-Rowe, Grealish. If you look at the seasons theyve had…
“Jadon, over the last few weeks his performances have without doubt improved at Manchester United but its an area of the field where weve got really big competition for places and at the moment weve got those guys slightly ahead.”
Regarding Rashfords non-selection, Southgate added: “Hes in the same position as everybody else. Whether theyre in the squad or not in the squad, theyve all got to play well over the end of this season and particularly the beginning of next season.
“Its a difficult time for him, hes clearly not at his best. We know a lot about Marcus anyway and what he can bring to us. And hopefully he rediscovers that form that we know hes capable of.”