Jadon Sancho needed just 17 minutes to send his personal message to Gareth Southgate – a matter of hours after being left out of the latest England squad. The highly-rated 22-year-old had been heavily tipped to seal his return to the Three Lions set-up but at 2pm, he was a notable omission from the group set to face Italy and Germany in upcoming Nations League matches.
Sancho received the news while in Moldova where he was preparing to face minnows FC Sheriff in the Europa League with Manchester United.
Erik ten Hag was keen to reward Sancho for his fine early-season form as he was named in the starting XI alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Antony in attack for the Red Devils.
It was Sancho who broke the deadlock when he controlled excellently from Christian Eriksen’s pass and showed great balance to turn his man before finishing on his left foot.
There was clearly a feeling of satisfaction as Sancho buried the opportunity following this afternoon’s frustrating developments.
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“But I think those two the way they have started with Manchester United, I thought he would have been in.
“You look at form, Jack Grealish and Jarrod Bowen are fantastic players but Sancho and Rashford have had better starts to the season, no doubt.
“Harry Maguire has not played, neither has Luke Shaw. In Sancho and Rashford’s case, they’ve beaten Liverpool and Arsenal with United before last week’s defeat to Real Sociedad.
“If you look at form in players in their position, they’ve been in better form so they can feel aggrieved.”
Southgate did not explain his decision to leave Sancho out of the squad, which is his last before the World Cup in Qatar in November.
Brentford striker Ivan Toney earned his first call-up and if he plays, he could net former club Peterborough another payday.
United duo Maguire and Shaw were also shock inclusions despite not playing for the Red Devils in recent weeks under Ten Hag.
There was one player who did earn a recall by Southgate though in the form of Tottenham defender Eric Dier, who has not featured in the squad since November 2020.