Southgate issues World Cup warning for Rashford and Sancho

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (right) and Jadon Sancho warming up before the Emirates FA Cup fourth round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture date: Friday February 4, 2022.

England manager Gareth Southgate has warned Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford they are at risk of missing out on his Qatar World Cup squad.

Rashford, 24, and Sancho, 22, were not included in Southgate’s June squad for the UEFA Nations League fixtures and only two international games are scheduled between now and the World Cup in November.

Harry Maguire was the only Manchester United player to be named in Southgate’s England set-up this month.

In response to whether United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League may physically benefit their players, Southgate said: "We've only got one with us (Maguire). They've got a lot to do to get back in the squad.

"Well, look, I think the lower the load then of course the less likely for injuries and the hope that players can be that little bit sharper but there's no way of knowing.

"Some players are at their best when they're in a rhythm of playing and you talk to some of our lads now and they want to play every game because that's how they feel they get to their best level.

"Others need the breaks, they need longer recovery between the matches to be at their best."

Rashford has not played for England since he missed his penalty in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.

England kick off their World Cup campaign with a game against Iran on November 21.


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