Paul Merson says Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw should not be in England’s World Cup squad, using Roy Keane’s commentary to back up his claim.
The Three Lions gather this month for the final pre-tournament camp in Qatar. Brentford striker Evan Toni stole the headlines on his first call-up. Elsewhere, there has also been a huge focus on Manchester United players.
England manager Gareth Southgate has regularly insisted he choose the format, which has led to controversy over why Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire will retain their positions.
In fact, the United duo lost their spot in Eric Ten Hag’s squad to Lisandro Martinez and Terrell Malacia, respectively.
However, two players back to the top this season, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, did not make the team.
Merson has now claimed that Rashford “must feel unruly”. The critic added that the 24-year-old would choose Southgate at the World Cup “if he keeps doing what he’s doing”.
But somewhere else in his Sky Sports In the column, Merson claimed that Sancho had no chance of making the team.
Sancho won’t make England national team – Merson
“I don’t think anyone else will join the England fold between now and the World Cup,” the former Arsenal man Wrote. “There are not many English footballers who are playing well at the moment.
Roy Keane hit him in the head when he said: If you’re not playing for your country, you’re not good.
“I can’t think of anyone who isn’t playing for England right now and they’re good, there aren’t a lot of players left out there.
“People talk to me about Jadon Sancho, but he scored two goals in the Premier League and did not get assists. He does not tear it up, and while he scored a good goal against Liverpool, he was in line with a lot of players in that position.”
Merson claimed new boy Tony’s place in the World Cup “depends” on his performance this month.
However, the critic said Manchester United’s left-back Luke Shaw should not go to the World Cup. He added that Maguire’s role was highly questionable if he continued on his current path.
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Merson claimed that Southgate could not play Maguire if November came, “he only plays Europa League football”.
As for Shaw, the expert wrote: “I don’t see Shaw making it to the World Cup, though. He has to play football constantly, every week, and that doesn’t happen.
“I don’t see how he gets into Qatar, especially given the number of defenders we have. That’s the position he’s been blessed with. Why do you need him?”
“You have Kyle Walker, Rhys James, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, and Kieran Trippier. You take five defenders without Shaw!”
England stars must perform
While England want to end their Nations League campaign at the highest level, the bigger picture is that the World Cup is on the right track.
There will then be a major focus on Manchester United in the coming months.
Maguire may be the player he’s looking for most. He’s the captain of United and has been under fire for a while, with Ten Hag not fearing being laid off. However, he is a leader and a core member of the Southgate Group.
Xu also put forward a case that should be watched carefully. Regardless of the 2020/21 campaign leading up to Euro 2020, he did not perform consistently and is now back at Old Trafford.
At first, there is more optimism about Rashford.
He has had a rough period after shoulder surgery and a lack of form, but there is a real sense that he is working – and working hard – to get his place back.
Sancho has finally entered his second season with United and is looking to kick off after a mixed start season. There is still healthy competition up front for the Three Lions.