Jesse Lingard has been left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
The Manchester United midfielder has yet to score a goal in 2019, and joins Dele Alli and Kyle Walker as other notable absentees from the Three Lions squad.
Southgate has instead selected attacking midfielders Mason Mount and James Maddison, who have had much more fruitful beginnings to their campaign at Chelsea and Leicester respectively.
“Jesse’s had a difficult period with his club and I think in those areas of the pitch we’ve got players who are scoring more regularly at the moment and are in very good form,” the England boss said as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s injury means only two Manchester United players have made the squad for the upcoming matches.
Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire retain their place, and will be a big part of Southgate’s plans as they look to maintain their 100% record in the qualifying stages.
See the England squad in full below:
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