England 23-Man Squad: Gareth Southgate explains why he has not picked Manchester United star Mason Greenwood

England 23-Man Squad: Gareth Southgate explains why he has not picked Manchester United star Mason Greenwood

Fikayo Tomori, Ollie Watkins, and Aaron Ramsdale all return to 23-man The Three Lions’ squad while the likes of Phil Foden, Harry Maguire, and Trent Alexander-Arnold miss out through injury. England will battle Andorra on October 9 before hosting Hungary at Wembley.

England’s 23-man squad

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Defenders: Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham)

Forwards: Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)

On why he has not picked Mason Greenwood, and Jude Bellingham despite form with his club, he said: Information Guide Nigeria

Asked why neither player made the England squad despite impressing so far this season, Southgate replied: ‘Well they don’t come as a pair but they’re both similar situations in that they’re young players with a heavy load at the moment.

‘I’ve spoken with both of the players. Jude at the moment has got a high level of matches. He’s playing Champions League games, he’s played Bundesliga games.

‘As an 18-year-old he had a full season last season then into a European Championship, so no break.

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‘And we have to remember that these lads are still physically growing, so when we’re talking about young player development we’ve got to be really careful with how we handle them.

‘These are two players that we think can be really exciting players for England for the future but we don’t want to overload them. We’ve got to be making sure we make the right decisions.

‘So they’re very much decisions that have been taken with me having conversations with the players and their families, rather than any sort of deal with the clubs.

I think both clubs we have very good relationships with and we’ve spoken to about the situations, but it’s not a deal with the club. It’s very much us looking after young players.

‘And normally with these sort of things, these players would be in our under-18s, under-19s, under-20s, where these sorts of things happen all the time.

‘But of course, the profile of these two boys is much higher, they’re both playing very well, so I can understand why people would raise their eyes.

‘It’s not a case that we don’t think the players deserve to be in the squad. We’d be picking them if we didn’t have those longer-term aims and ambitions in mind I think.’ JAMB Result

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