England squad announced as Gareth Southgate snubs Man Utd pair in wake-up call

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Gareth Southgate has named his final England squad of 2021 as he looks to wrap up qualification for next year’s Qatar World Cup. Southgate has cut Manchester United duo Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho from his 25-man group in what could be a wake-up call amid game time frustrations at Old Trafford.

England complete their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign this month, likely needing just three points from their final two games.

Southgate’s side face a key affair against Andorra at Wembley Stadium next Friday before travelling to San Marino – the world’s lowest-ranked nation.

The Three Lions are currently top of Group I, but just three points separate Poland after two draws in the last three games.

And Southgate has taken no risks with his squad selection, arguably picking experience and reputation over current form.

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Gareth Southgate’s England squad in full:

Goalkeepers – Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale

Defenders – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kyle Walker

Midfielders – Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse

Forwards – Tammy Abraham, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling

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Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jude Bellingham and Marcus Rashford are welcome returnees, but the absence of two of the latter’s club teammates is notable.

Sancho and Lingard could take their omissions as a significant wake-up call amid their inconsistent minutes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United.

After last month’s 5-0 thumping at home to Liverpool, Solskjaer has reverted to a 5-3-2 formation to some success.

But it leaves no space for wingers, including the £73million one he bought in the summer transfer window.

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Sancho won’t be happy with playing a bit-part role after acting as Borussia Dortmund’s star man for years, especially now he’s out of the international picture.

Meanwhile, Lingard has made good of his limited chances this season, but he’s played just 68 minutes of Premier League football after being urged to leave in the summer.

The 28-year-old could depart as early as January, with his contract expiring at the end of the current campaign.

And this snub could be the final straw if he wants to rescue his hopes of representing England at next year’s World Cup.

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