Former Premier League player Shaun Wright-Phillips has advised Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood to be patient and wait for his chance to break back into Gareth Southgate’s England national team.
The United academy graduate has not played for the Three Lions since being sent back home alongside City midfielder Phil Foden for breaching Covid-19 protocols.
Despite his top form this season, the player was left out of Southgate’s latest squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino, with the England boss revealing the player asked not to be considered for selection until next year.
Former Manchester City and Chelsea winger Wright-Phillip feels Greenwood is frustrated with not getting enough opportunities to play for the national team whenever he’s called up, but has urged the player to wait for his chance and do his best to become an England regular.
Wright-Phillips said: “It’s a tough challenge, when I was coming through at England, I had David Beckham
“I had one winger, he’s got maybe three of four and they’re all playing at their maximum level at the minute.
“For Southgate he is going to pick the ones that have done it over and over for him, whether their form has been good or bad at club level.
“You’ve got Phil Foden who plays centre midfield and the wings and he does both of those positions at the same level.
“He’s scoring goals and doing well. Raheem Sterling hasn’t played much for Man City but every time he plays for England he plays very, very well.
“He’s just got to wait his time and be patient. You can’t get upset. Players have to understand this is England, it’s not club football.
“He’s [Southgate] got the whole of the Premier League to pick from and he’ll pick who he thinks is right. So you’ve just got to run with it.”