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Southgate Picks Manchester United Duo In His First England Squad

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Gareth Southgate has recalled Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Jese Lingard to the England squad. The Three Lions are due to face Malta and Slovenia in the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.

Among the notable selections, Stoke City fullback Glen Johnson, Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand have made a comeback.

Rashford scored a brilliant hat-trick against Norway U-21 recently. He has been in sensational form since making his debut for Manchester United. Rashford has scored on his Premier League debut, Europa League Debut, England debut and England U-21 debut.

Gareth Southgate took interim charge as Sam Allardyce resigned from his post due to a controversy. Rashford replaced Tottenham forward Hary Kane who got injured. The teenager was surprisingly omitted by former boss Allardyce.

Southgate said, “We’ve tried to keep some continuity from last month because my view would be that there are a lot of things that have been going right.

“We’ve had a few people unavailable through injury like Harry Kane and Jack Butland, and we’ve lost a couple over the weekend in Danny Drinkwater, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne, while Luke Shaw isn’t quite back fit yet. That’s had a bearing on the squad.”

“There are obviously a couple of players that I’ve worked with in the U21s in Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, who we think are exciting young players who we wanted to put in this squad.”


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