Gareth Southgate explains decision to leave out Mason Greenwood from his latest England squad

England boss Gareth Southgate has revealed why Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood was omitted from his latest England squad.

The 20 year old has started 9 Premier League games for Manchester United this season, scoring 4 goals.

According to Southgate, Greenwood asked not to be considered for England selection in order to concentrate on his football with Manchester United.

“We had a discussion before the camp in September and we came to an agreement,” Southgate said.

“John McDermott [the FA’s technical director] and myself went to United and had a good chat with Mason and his family and we agreed we would park this until next year, basically. We would leave the autumn games.

“If he establishes himself in Manchester United’s team then he is going to be very close to an England squad or an England team so he recognises that.

“He wants to play for England. He is clear about that. We are not not picking Mason because we don’t think he’s good enough or we are not happy with what he requested. We are totally understanding of that and we are happy to wait.

“Also we have seen lots of youth development and this is his and his family’s one and only chance, so they are understandably more cautious than we might be. We believe these boys can be very big players for England in the long term and we don’t want to get it wrong in the short term.”