Gareth Southgate revealed that there is an agreement in place to ensure that Mason Greenwood will not be called up to the England squad until 2022. The young forward made his debut for the senior team against Iceland in 2020 before being sent back after he breached COVID guidelines. He also was a part of the provisional squad for Euro 2020 before withdrawing from the squad due to injury. He has once again not been named in the squad with a number of eyebrows raised after his omission for the upcoming qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.
“I think we had a discussion before the camp in September and we came to an agreement.” Gareth Southgate said about the omission of Mason Greenwood from the England squad. “John McDermott [Football Association technical director] and I went to United and had a good chat with Mason and his family and we agreed we would park this until next year basically. We would leave the autumn games.”
“Of course you always run the risk that other people are going to come through, but he’s young enough that there is time here,” he added. “It’s not that he doesn’t want to be with us. We totally understand the situation. I and John, in particular, Steve Holland [England assistant coach] through his time coaching with lots of young players… we understand this journey they are going on. He feels he would be best served to stake a case for the team with Chelsea. I think he has a better chance of impressing us if he is with the U21s as well, frankly.”