Mason Greenwood is a surprising omission from the England squad Gareth Southgate It chose to face the Republic of Ireland in a friendly match, and Belgium and Iceland in the Nations League.
With no Danny Inge with a knee injury, Southgate Greenwood, who he was, was expected to remember Had to send home From the September match in Iceland. Greenwood and another England player, Phil Foden, broke Covid-19 regulations by inviting two women to the team hotel.
Southgate disqualified them from the October meeting. But while Foden is back now, having started the season well with Manchester City, Greenwood remains out of the team. The Manchester United striker has scored twice in eight matches for his club.
Southgate was still unable to find a place in an expanded 29-man squad for Ross Barclay or James Madison and hadn’t called up Harvey Barnes, having done so the last time. Calvin Phillips is out due to a shoulder injury.
The England coach has confirmed his support for Jordan Pickford in light of the Everton goalkeeper’s exclusion after his side’s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle last Sunday, making it a point that Pickford never missed. Southgate’s other bodyguards are Nick Pope and Dean Henderson, but he said, “No one is seriously challenging his status [Pickford] Outside of this position. “
Speaking of Greenwood and Foden, Southgate said, “They don’t come as a couple, they are two singles players with their individual strengths and talents. We look at the team’s balance in terms of position first.”
“Phil has had a lot of football with his club lately and Mason has had less time playing for United. I had a good conversation with Ole. [Gunnar Solskjær, Manchester United’s manager] About his development and I feel it would be better for him to stay at the club, to develop over the next few months.
But both are available, there has been no carryover from September, and it was done. They are both available to choose and will be very good players. “
Chelsea player Reese James kept his place despite being sent off against Denmark due to opposition and having to be suspended which prevented him from participating in both Nations League links. Southgate indicated that he would choose it against Ireland.
“The Reese match is at a very high level,” he said. “We were very impressed by the way he trained every day, the way he used his opportunity as a substitute and then his performance against Denmark – I thought he was our best player.”
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