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Southgate ‘understanding’ of Greenwood’s decision in England with striker out again

For the third consecutive camp in England, Greenwood was not named to Southgate’s squad on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.

The England coach has always said that the 20-year-old Manchester United winger has a great international future, but he has been out of a squad since he was sacked from Iceland after his debut in September of the ‘last year – although he was named to the provisional European Championship squad before retiring due to injury.

Southgate suggested the striker and his family declined an appeal following the September talks and revealed that there were no plans to select him for the November double-barreled schedule.

“We did not discuss [a call up] this month, ”Southgate said. “We met him in September and had a very good discussion and fully understand where he is.

“I said last month, with the young players, their backgrounds are different, the load on them is different. He’s in a huge football club with a lot of expectations and we don’t want to go too fast.

“He feels he has huge competition to establish himself at his club and he recognizes that it’s a big part of making your way into international football anyway.

“So with young players we want to get it right and it’s important that these discussions take place all the time with players of that age. We have younger age groups that these guys would play in and no one would know these things are happening. But it is a path that is very familiar to us in terms of youth development.

“We are constantly following every English player who plays. He and his family felt they needed time, and with one young player in particular we have to be very careful with that.

“So he’s a player who we think has a great future, who is doing well with Manchester United, he has a challenge there of course with the line before they have played in the last few games. But I I’m sure that will change with the number of matches they have to play. We will continue to monitor it very closely. “

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