Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag has spoken out over the decision of England counterpart Gareth Southgate to leave both Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford out of his latest squad.
The batch of players called up for duty for England’s upcoming round of fixtures, of course, was made official on Thursday afternoon.
With a view to an upcoming pair of Nations League fixtures versus Italy and Germany, Southgate set tongues wagging in continuing to place his faith in the talents of the likes of Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, whilst too affording recalls to defensive pair Eric Dier and Ben Chilwell.
Missing out, on the other hand, were all of Ben White, Conor Gallagher and aforementioned Manchester United duo Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford.
Speaking to the media on Thursday night, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of his two key attackers being left at home was put to Erik ten Hag.
This comes after Sancho found the net once more en route to a 2-0 Europa League downing of FC Sheriff.
United’s boss, though, was nevertheless keen to play the subject down.
After assuring that it is simply ‘not up to me’ who is called upon by Gareth Southgate, Ten Hag backed both Sancho and Rashford to continue to improve as the season progresses.