Manchester United wingers Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have both been omitted from the England squad for the upcoming set of UEFA Nations League fixtures. This sees the pair face an increased risk of missing out on securing a spot in England’s World Cup squad.
The pair’s absence comes as an even greater shock as Red Devils teammates Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw both made it into the squad despite being given smaller roles in Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United lineup. Rashford and Sancho both remain staple picks in ten Hag’s starting lineup.
Brentford forward Ivan Toney received his first England call-up following what was an impressive showing last season as well as a strong start to the current season, while Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell has been reinstated in the England squad following a prolonged absence through injury. Tottenham Hotspur defender Erik Dier has returned to the national team as well.
“There were certain players we wanted to keep involved this time, but that said it doesn’t mean that this is the end for some of the others who aren’t involved,” England manager Gareth Southgate assured, pointing out Rashford as a player who has exhibited positive signs as of late.