Don’t take Sancho to World Cup
Paul Merson thinks Luke Shaw and Jadon Sancho SHOULD NOT go to the World Cup, but wants their Manchester United and England team-mate Marcus Rashford to be a STARTER.
Former Arsenal and Three Lions forward Merson also wrote in his Sky Sports column that playing against Harry Maguire would be a problem unless he regains his place at United.
He said: “I think Marcus Rashford should feel hard because of it. If he wasn’t injured I think he would have come into this squad and I think he will get into the final 26-man World Cup squad if he keeps doing what he does.
“It does depend on what Ivan Toney does in the two Nations League matches this month. I think the Brentford man has a chance, otherwise it makes no sense that he is in the September squad.
People talk to me about Jadon Sancho, but he scored two Premier League goals and got no assists. He doesn’t tear it up, and although he scored a good goal against Liverpool, he is in a row of many players in that position.”
Merson argued that centre-back Maguire may not be able to cope if he cannot regain his Prem spot at United. He writes that he “only plays Europa League football, how do you play it in Qatar?”
He added: “That’s the problem with Gareth (Southgate) – he’s very loyal.
“The reason why he has chosen Maguire along with Luke Shaw in this England squad is because they really need to play some games – and they will be playing against Italy and Germany.”
“However, I don’t see Shaw making it to the World Cup…especially considering the number of fullbacks we have.”