England boss Gareth Southgate has issued a warning to the likes of Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho that they have their work cut out to make the World Cup squad. England has their three Nations League fixtures remaining before the selection of the World Cup squad in five months’ time. Harry Maguire was the only Manchester United representative in the squad with Luke Shaw recovering from injury while Rashford and Sancho missed out. Southgate believes that the pair need to impress but admitted they face an uphill task to impress ahead of the World Cup.

“We’ve only got one with us. They’ve got a lot to do to get back in the squad. Well, look, I think the lower the load then of course the less likely for injuries and the hope that players can be that little bit sharper but there’s no way of knowing,” England boss Gareth Southgate said about Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. “Some players are at their best when they’re in a rhythm of playing and you talk to some of our lads now and they want to play every game because that’s how they feel they get to their best level. Others need the breaks, they need longer recovery between the matches to be at their best.”

“We have asked the Premier League to have a think about things but we also understand that they’ve got a lot of [things to consider],” he added about their preparation time for the World Cup.

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