England boss Gareth Southgate has come out in defense of his attacking options while believing that there are too many attacking options available including Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. The Manchester United duo are currently not in the squad with just the Premier League and three Nations League to go before the World Cup. Southgate insisted that they must prove themselves despite their profile making them grab the headlines.

“My focus is on the players here now. Whenever there’s a question about Man Utd it lands in their lap and becomes a bigger deal than everything else. With every player, if they’re playing well for their club then they’re going to be in our consideration, simple as that,” England boss Gareth Southgate said. “There are lots of players who have the ambition of being in the squad for Qatar and it’s a challenge for all of them to look forward to. I’m really happy with the options we’ve got. We’ve been able to refresh people. For someone like Jack [Grealish] to come in against Germany and Jarrod (Bowen) to have the impact he did is an indication of the depth we’ve got.”

“No, there was a perception of what we have and had and the reality of what Harry and Raheem have delivered compared to everyone else,” he added. “There were, of course, good players but if you look around the other squads around Europe there are good players. Our focus is on England but there are a lot of clubs around Europe searching for players this summer and ours have still got steps to take. That’s the challenge for all of us. We’ve not been able to have Phil (Foden) this time. There are still some players who can really make a difference in games and there’s a good competition.”

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