England national team coach has sent a message to Marcus Rashford after leaving out the 24-year-old Man United star from his 28-man list. Southgate, who named his 28-man list today, September 15, 2022, left out Rashford while giving the nod to Ivan Toney and Eric Dier.
Rashford built his presence into Erik Ten Hag’s new Man United squad starting ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo. Rashford scored against Liverpool and Arsenal to secure a win for Erik Ten Hag after two opening Premier League defeats.
Before Gareth Southgate named his 28-man list for the upcoming double-header against Italy and Germany in the UEFA Nations League, Erik Ten Hag had tipped the England star to be named in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
Rashford is currently nursing a minor injury that he sustained in Manchester United’s match against Arsenal, and has not featured for Manchester United in their last Europa League match against Real Sociedad. He is not also included in United’s second Europa League match against Sheriff Tiraspol.
Gareth Southgate has made his 28-man list and Rashford has been left out of the squad. This has raised fears among fans that the Man United forward may not be included in England World Cup Squad.
Gareth Southgate has clearly addressed this by sending a message to the youngster after naming his 28-ma list. According to Southgate, Rashford still has a chance of making it to his World Cup squad despite being left out of the UEFA Nations League squad.
The 3-Lions head coach stated that he made his team selection based on form and capability despite coming out with a poor result last summer
‘‘Although our results were disappointing in the summer, we have picked based on form and capability over a long period.”
Southgate further maintained that although some players have failed to make the list, that does not mean they cannot be included in the World Cup list. He particularly mentioned Rashford, who, according to him, has been on top f his game and will earn a call to the 3-Lions squad if he keeps impressing.
‘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.
‘Marcus Rashford, for example, has shown some encouraging signs recently. He is a player we know well, so if he can perform at a high level in the next few weeks, he, of course will be under consideration.’
Southgate failed to mention Jadon Sancho in his comments, who has obviously improved under Erik Ten Hag. Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire surprisingly made the list despite struggling for a good game time under Erik Ten Hag.
England 28-man Nations League Squad
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest, loan from Manchester United), Nick Pope (Newcastle United), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Everton, loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Marc Guéhi (Crystal Palace), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice (West Ham United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Forwards: Tammy Abraham (AS Roma), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Ivan Toney (Brentford)
The 3-Lions will take on Italy on September 23, 2022, in their first match, before tacking Germany on September 26, 2022, for the second match. You can watch the games live on BeinSports and other online streaming platforms.