Marcus Rashford of Manchester United has blamed his absence from England’s squads for future matches against Italy and Germany on an ‘untimely injury.’
Gareth Southgate, who led the Three Lions to the European Championship final last year, named his selection for the forthcoming Nations League doubleheader on Thursday afternoon, leaving United duo Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford out of his 28-man group. After being dropped out of the most recent team in June, both players were trying to reclaim their positions.
They’ve both had a good start to the season, especially Rashford, who has three goals and two assists in his last four United games. Meanwhile, Sancho has scored twice in his last four Premier League appearances.
However, neither of them has done enough to reclaim their positions, leaving them in a race against time to make Southgate’s squad for the World Cup in November. While Sancho has been ignored due to his form, Rashford’s omission from the team is due to a muscle ailment that has caused him to miss United’s Europa League match against Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday evening, implying that he was poised for a recall.
“Best of luck to the boys later today, @ManUtd,” Rashford tweeted.
“When it comes to @England, every player wants to represent their nation, and I’m no exception! Unfortunately, I am not yet ready due to an unfortunate accident.”
The forthcoming international break will be Southgate’s final opportunity to examine his team before choosing his traveling party for Qatar. Meanwhile, other United duo Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw have been called up to the squad for matches against Italy and Germany later this month, but their international manager has issued a caution.
Shaw has reclaimed his spot in the squad after being left out in June. However, he has not played in either of United’s previous four league games due to an injury. England manager Southgate has intimated, though, that Rashford has plenty of time to reclaim his spot in his squad ahead of the World Cup.