BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves believes Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho has reacted in the right way after being snubbed for England duty.
The 22-year-old scored the opening goal in the 2-0 win over Sheriff in the Europa League and Hargreaves believes Sancho delivered the perfect riposte to his international manager Gareth Southgate:
“I think he’ll be surprised [about being left out. He’s been in a good run of form and played well this season. But he’ll be delighted [with the goal], that’s exactly what you need when you get a bit of bad news he’s made his own good news. He played well in that first half.”
As Hargreaves points out, Sancho has had an excellent start to the season so it was a shock when he wasn’t called up. Players such as West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Manchester City’s Jack Grealish have not exactly been that impressive in the opening weeks of the campaign but have still managed to stay in Southgate’s squad, making the United’s star’s omission all the more baffling.
It could be argued that Southgate is taking into account form over a longer period, going back to last season, but if that is the case, why has Ivan Toney been selected?