Gareth Southgate has explained Mason Greenwood’s continued absence from the England team by revealing that he reached an agreement with the forward and his family not to call him until 2022.
Greenwood made his debut for England’s senior team against Iceland in September 2020, but was later sent home for violating Covid guidelines and has not played for his country since.
The 20-year-old was part of the provisional squad for Euro 2020 before retiring due to injury, but has not been included in any of Southgate’s teams since then and has once again been out for this month’s games against Albania. and San Marino.
When asked about the absence of Greenwood, who has four goals in 13 games for Manchester United this season, Southgate said: “I think we had a discussion before camp in September and we reached an agreement.
“John McDermott [Football Association technical director] and I went to United and we had a good chat with Mason and his family and we agreed that we would park this until next year basically. We would stop the fall games.
“Of course you always run the risk of other people getting ahead, but he is young enough that there is time here.
“It’s not that he doesn’t want to be with us. We totally understand the situation. John and I in particular, Steve Holland [England assistant coach] Through his time as a coach with many young players … we understand this journey that they are taking. “
Another young player who was left out of Southgate’s last team on Thursday was Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has impressed Chelsea in recent games.
Southgate said the winger had once again turned down the opportunity to represent the Under-21s after being left out of the senior team, a decision the coach questioned.
“I can’t talk about Callum that much because we would like him to be with the Under-21s,” Southgate said.
“He feels it would be better if he did it by defending the team’s case with Chelsea. I think he has a better chance of impressing us if he is also with the U21, frankly.”
Sancho fell, Rashford recalled
Jadon Sancho has been left out of England’s national team for the November World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino, but his Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford has returned from injury.
Sancho, who moved to United from Borussia Dortmund this summer, has limited himself to mostly substitute appearances so far this season and has yet to score or attend his new club.
Rashford is back for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery after the Euro 2020 final and has started his comeback impressively, scoring three goals in five games for United.
Sancho and Rashford’s teammate Jesse Lingard is lost to Gareth Southgate’s team, as are Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier and AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori.
Harry Maguire, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James are back for this month’s games after recovering from injury, and Jude Bellingham is also returning after being out last time out.
Manchester United striker Greenwood is absent again and there is no place for fit Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe.
England will host Albania at Wembley next Friday before completing their World Cup qualification with a trip to San Marino, the lowest-ranked team in world football, on November 15.
England remain undefeated en route to Qatar, but drawing two of their last three matches means they only have a three-point cushion at the top of Group I with two matches to play.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, England manager Southgate said: “It is always difficult (to choose a team) because we have a lot of competition for places and we had quite a few players missing last time, which means you bring in others. So you have more decisions to make.
“Also, some young players who are playing well and who have not made it to the squad.
“So we’ve kept a reasonable amount of consistency, really, with the groups that they were with in the summer. They did so well, we’re only five international games away from that.”
“But there are also players who put pressure on that group very hard.”
England 25 Player Squad
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), 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), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Forward: Tammy Abraham (Roma), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)