Southgate receives strange request from Man Utd regarding England call


Gareth Southgate will name his England squad for the October World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary next week, but Mason Greenwood is reportedly not called up.

The Manchester United youngster has started the season in great shape. His progressive performances saw him score three goals in six appearances ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Aston Villa.

The 19-year-old, having been on the bench midweek against West Ham, was back in the starting XI against Villa.

Green wood Also expected to be back in England’s reckoning next week.

However, the Daily mail Claim Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for Greenwood to be left out of the squad.

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The striker missed Southgate’s final 25-man squad and the England gaffer has been asked to leave the Bradford-born starlet at home again.

According to the report, “Southgate is anxious to recall Greenwood”.

The player was sent home with Phil Foden for breaking FA Covid-19 protocols by inviting visitors to return to the team’s hotel in Iceland last September. He hasn’t been involved since, but it looks like it was United’s decision.

Solskjaer is keen to wrap the talented striker in cotton.

“There are fears at Old Trafford that another call-up to England at this point will put the teenager under increased pressure and scrutiny, at a time when he is still establishing himself at United, while increasing his workload,” says the newspaper. .

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The United boss is a big fan of the youngster and praised his goal in the recent win over Wolves.

Solskjaer said: “It’s special. Shooting at the target from this angle is good. Sure, the Guardian might have been able to save him, but he hit him so quickly.

“The beauty of him is that he can come out with the right foot and the inside of the left foot, so it’s tough for a defender.”

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Jamaica, a “red herring” for Greenwood

Greenwood is also eligible to play for Jamaica until he makes three senior appearances for the Three Lions. He’s only appeared once so far, but he’s already told Southgate he’s not interested in playing for the Reggae Boyz.

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Southgate said last month: “Normally I don’t get involved in the Under-21s, but he’s beyond that.

“I want to take a little more control over its international development.

“Dual nationality is a bit of a red herring.

“He 100% wants to play for England and there is no indication that there is anything else there.”

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