Roy Keane has criticised Gareth Southgate’s exclusion of Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood as he feels the change of scenery and time with England would have benefitted the Manchester United duo.
Marcus Rashford was initially called up to the squad but opted not to join up with the 23-man squad ahead of the Albania and San Marino matches to focus on his recovery after undergoing shoulder surgery after the European Championships.
Greenwood continues to be frozen out of the Three Lions squad, despite his early-season form, while Sancho’s lack of first-team minutes and impact when substituted on led to his omission from the squad last week.
Manchester United have been in a torrid run of form which has left a dark cloud over Old Trafford with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer facing pressure in his role as manager.
And that is something former United captain, Keane, felt would have been good for the two youngsters to get away from.
“Remember every case is different. Sancho has not been getting many minutes recently, the issue is with Rashford and Greenwood every time they’re selected there seems to be an issue,” Keane said.
“Of course, they’ve had injuries this year but we understand their quality and when Gareth has been asked questions he’s like ‘I’ve spoken to Marcus…’ it seems like a big conversation.
“Once again, there’s something going on, there’s something amiss with some of these United lads, they’re young, hungry. A change of scenery would’ve done them a world of good.
“Get away with England, we see the negativity surrounding United with the results so this idea that they need to stay at their club they need to stay on the training pitch, no the two young lads fully fit, come away, change of scenery and get some minutes under your belt.”
Rashford continued to feature in stages for Solskjaer’s side in the latter stages of last season and earned himself a call-up for the Three Lions squad to go into the European Championships.
But his decision to drop out of the squad was praised by former Arsenal striker Ian Wright.
“When I look at Rashford, I don’t blame him if he’s going to take that time needed to recover more because I know that he’s not been in a few of the squads,” Wright said.
“But we saw a player, for me, thrashed in the way that he was playing for Manchester United, playing with injuries, continuing to play when he wasn’t quite right.
“If he’s going to take the time now and get a little bit more rest. He’s at that age where yes you can.”
When asked about Sancho’s situation, Wright added: “You look at Sancho. For me, he’s somebody who’s playing in a team that’s not built for him.
“They play three at the back, he’s a winger. He can’t get into that team, whether it’s form, he can’t get into the team at the moment. So you’re thinking to yourself of course, he’s not picking him.
“With Greenwood, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’ll force himself him. I would like to see Greenwood in the World Cup squad when that’s happening because that’s when we’ll get the best out of him.
“For Rashford, take that time out to recover and do what you’re doing. Sancho just needs structure in the team that can get the best out of him.”
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