Jadon Sancho is DROPPED from the England squad for the final World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino as Gareth Southgate drafts Marcus Rashford back into the fold
- Gareth Southgate has named his England squad to face Albania and San Marino
- The Three Lions sit top of Group I in qualifying for the 2022 Qatar World Cup
- Jadon Sancho has been dropped following his poor start to Man United life
- England squad announcement LIVE: Follow as Southgate explains his decisions
Jadon Sancho has been dropped from the senior England squad for the final two World Cup qualifying matches by boss Gareth Southgate following a miserable start to his Manchester United career.
Southgate, who had previously publicly stated that Sancho was struggling to retain his national spot given he was not playing regularly for United since his £73million move, officially released his squad on Thursday afternoon.
Jesse Lingard and Kieran Trippier also miss out on a place in the senior ranks, while Marcus Rashford and Jude Bellingham are each recalled following injuries.
Jadon Sancho has been dropped for England ahead of the Albania and San Marino matches
Jude Bellingham and Marcus Rashford are each back in the international fold after missing the last England squad through injury
The Three Lions face two final Group I clashes, against Albania at Wembley on Friday, November 12 and a trip to San Marino on Monday, November 15.
Explaining his decision-making process in Thursday’s press conference, Southgate said: ‘We’ve got so much competition for places.
‘We had quite a few players missing last time so we have more decisions to make. There are young players playing well who didn’t quite make the squad.
‘We are only five international games on from the Euro 2020 final but there are players pushing them on strongly.’
Southgate outlined his difficult decision to not call up some highly promising youngsters
Connor Gallagher, on loan at Crystal Palace, and Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe have impressed
In recent weeks a number of English players have been putting in statement performances in the Premier League, most notably Arsenal playmaker Emile Smith Rowe and Crystal Palace loanee Connor Gallagher.
When asked about how close he was to calling up the in-form youngsters, Southgate replied: ‘Emile, Connor Gallagher, Marc Guehi are playing well but we’ve got depth, we have to leave them on the sheet out.
‘It’s not a bad thing that we have a strong U21 team. We fast-track players quickly and a lot of them are in this squad now.
‘They are on a good path but we think it is a little bit early. We could put them in and they would be fine. But we have other options in the squad.’
England sit top of the group on 20 points, holding a three point cushion over second-placed Poland after eight matches played.
Southgate’s men are yet to lose a single game in the qualifying stage, with six victories and two draws to their name.
FINAL ENGLAND SQUAD IN FULL
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Forwards: Tammy Abraham (AS Roma), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City
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