Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho is believed to have left out of England’s 26-player World Cup this month over a drop in his form at club level.
Sancho has struggled to consistently perform since his £73m return to English football from a hugely successful spell at Borussia Dortmund. He has shown flashes of what he is capable of in a United shirt, but has more often flattered to deceive under three different managers.
The former Manchester City academy player was becoming an England regular while at Dortmund. He also went to Euro 2020 last year, although only managed 97 minutes in total.
Sancho had to pull out of the England squad in September 2021 with a minor injury. He was recalled the following month and got two assists in a World Cup qualifying win over Andorra. But he was left on the bench against Hungary a few days later and hasn’t been called up since.
The Telegraph has reported that Sancho wasn’t selected in the final World Cup squad ‘purely on his overall performances’ at club level. The 22-year-old missed a handful of recent games through illness but had already been disappointing on several occasions since a promising early in the campaign.
Although form was the reason for omission from the group travelling to Qatar next week, it has also been reported that Sancho was late for an England team meeting ahead of the aforementioned Andorra game. Gareth Southgate has a strict rule that meetings only start when everyone is presented, meaning the rest of the squad had to wait for Sancho to turn up.
During his final season alone at Dortmund, Sancho managed 36 combined goals and assists in 38 appearances in all competitions. In 52 games for United, he has produced a third of that output.
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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