England boss explains why he dropped Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho

England boss Gareth Southgate has explained why he dropped Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho from his latest England squad.

“It’s a difficult time for him,” Southgate said about Rashford. “He’s clearly not at his best.

“We know a lot about Marcus anyway; we know what he can bring to us, and hopefully he can rediscover that form we know he’s capable of.”

As for Sancho, Southgate said that the performances of other English forwards meant there were few openings available.

“With the other attacking players in the squad, they are slightly ahead of him in our feeling,” Southgate added.

“You can see the names there: Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe, Jack Grealish… if you look at the seasons they’ve had [it is hard to leave them out].

“Jadon, without a doubt over the last few weeks, his performances have improved with Manchester United, but it’s an area of the field where we’ve got really big competition for places. And at the moment, we’ve got those guys slightly ahead.”