Harry Maguire selected for England squad; Snacho and Rashford left out; Southgate explains why.
Of course we all have see how awful Maguire has been for Man UTD this season and his defensive style is just off the books and yet just yet he makes the England team for the world cup and this is just some sort of miracle.
Speaking at the press conference that saw the 25 man squad listed out, England head coach Gareth Southgate has explained why these decisions are made and here is what he said.
On Maguire selection, here is what Southgate said;
“I don’t think it ever crossed our minds not to select Harry Maguire for this squad,” explained the former England defender.
“He’s been a key part of the starting XI that got us to a World Cup semi-final and a Euros final. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s one of our best center-backs.”
On Rashford being left out here is what he said;
“It’s a difficult time for him,” he admitted. “He’s clearly not at his best.
“We know a lot about Marcus anyway; we know what he can bring to us, and hopefully he can rediscover that form we know he’s capable of.”
Lastly when asked about Sancho here is what he said too;
“With the other attacking players in the squad, they are slightly ahead of him in our feeling,” began the 51-year-old.
“You can see the names there: Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe, Jack Grealish… if you look at the seasons they’ve had [it is hard to leave them out].
“Jadon, without a doubt over the last few weeks, his performances have improved with Manchester United, but it’s an area of the field where we’ve got really big competition for places. And at the moment, we’ve got those guys slightly ahead.”