Tuesday, August 9

Jadon Sancho left out but Gareth Southgate recalls Marcus Rashford for World Cup qualifiers

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Gareth Southgate has named a 25-man squad as England look to wrap up qualification for next year’s World Cup in Qatar; Man Utd duo Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard left out; England have a three-point cushion in Group I with two games to go against Albania and San Marino

Jadon Sancho has been left out of the England squad for November’s World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino, but his Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford returns following injury.

Sancho, who moved to United from Borussia Dortmund this summer, has been limited to mostly substitute appearances so far this season and is yet to score or assist for his new club.

Rashford is back for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery following the Euro 2020 final and has started his comeback impressively, scoring three goals in five games for United.

Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood is absent again and there is no place for in-form Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe.

England remain unbeaten on the road to Qatar but drawing two of their past three matches means they only have a three-point cushion at the top of Group I with two games to go.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, England manager Southgate said: “It’s always difficult (to pick a squad) because we’ve got so much competition for places and we had quite a few players missing last time, which means you bring others in. Then you’ve got more decisions to make.

“Also, some young players who are playing well who haven’t quite made 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 on from that.

“But also there are players pushing that group really strongly.”

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