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Gareth Southgate admits Jadon Sancho doesn't deserve England spot amid Man Utd form


Manchester United’s £73million summer signing has struggled to get up to speed in the Premier League since his switch but Southgate has kept faith with the winger

Gareth Southgate is planning talks with Jadon Sancho over his poor start at Man Utd
Gareth Southgate is planning talks with Jadon Sancho over his poor start at Man Utd

Gareth Southgate picked Jadon Sancho for England’s World Cup qualifiers – despite admitting he does not deserve his place.

Sancho, 21, has struggled for form since his £73m move to Manchester United and has yet to score or complete 90 minutes in a Premier League match.

Southgate says he will speak to Sancho about his difficult start at Old Trafford when the squad meet up next week but has stayed loyal to the out-of-sorts winger.

England boss Southgate said: “Does he deserve to be in on these performances over the last few weeks? Well, probably not, but I think we feel we have invested in Jadon over a period of time, we believe he can get to a high level.








Sancho has struggled to find his feet at Old Trafford thus far
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“I would like some time with him to chat with him and help that process that’s going on at Manchester United as well and I think for him to feel that we have belief in him at this point is a good message.

“The Bundesliga is totally different, Dortmund is a big club but Manchester United is one of the biggest in the world.

“There’s some adaptation to that, there’s a definite adaptation to the league, you’re not going to get the goals and assists numbers anywhere near in our league, that you are in the Bundesliga.”





Southgate omitted Mason Greenwood, who is 20 on Friday, and Jude Bellingham, 18, for the qualifiers with Andorra and Hungary by admitting he had spoken to both players’ clubs and parents before deciding to leave them out.

But Southgate also said that he picked Greenwood too soon last season while Bellingham’s fixture schedule with Borussia Dortmund meant it was better he got a rest, especially if he was not going to play for England.

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Mason Greenwood has missed out on the Three Lions squad
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Southgate added: “With hindsight with Mason Greenwood, was it perhaps a bit early 13 months ago to give him his international call-up.

“There is no doubt we would like to have them with us. But we want them to be big players for England for the long term. So we have to try to make the right decisions while they are still growing.”

Meanwhile, Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins has been handed a recall after missing out on Euro 2020, as has AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori, whose only cap came back in 2019.




Ex-Chelsea star Tomori has been performing well in Serie A and the Champions League, and Southgate stated he had been pleased with the manner of his displays for the Rossoneri.

“I have been very impressed. I thought he finished last season well. We were tracking him well last season and he is playing well this season.

“He is at a club that’s expected to win every week, I thought he did well vs Liverpool and Juventus.”

Southgate continued, “Milan have been delighted with him and ended up buying him. It has been a great experience for him.”


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