Gareth Southgate, England national team head coach, recently announced his 23-man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers slated to be played in October 2021, and it would interest you to note that Mason Greenwood's name was excluded from the list, a decision that makes no sense as far as I am concerned.
Southgate had the chance to defend the exclusion of Mason Greenwood and Jude Bellingham from the English squad for the October qualifiers, and what he said in his defence makes no sense.
He said: "They are players with a heavy load of games at the moment. We must keep in mind that these young men are still developing physically. We must exercise extreme caution when dealing with them. They'll be fantastic players for England in the future."
In my opinion, the Southgate reason for Greenwood's exclusion from the squad for the qualifiers makes no sense. His claims about Greenwood having a heavy load of games at the moment are, to me, the main reason why he shouldn't have been excluded from the WC qualifiers squad in the first place.
One of the reasons why players impressed at club level is that they want to make the national team squad. And there is no better way for players to do that than to play regularly for their clubs. So to me, that is not a valid excuse. Besides, all the players invited, young and old, have heavy loads of games at the moment.
Phil Foden, who plays for Manchester City, is enlisted in the squad, and like Mason, he is equally young and has a heavy load of games at the moment, so!
Regardless, Mason Greenwood may be very young as Southgate claimed, but his stats for this season have been splendid, even better than some of the forwards who have been called on to feature for the three Lions. As an example, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, and Harry Kane made the list. But as far as this season is concerned, none of the players listed above outperformed Mason Greenwood this season in attack.
Prior to the re-emergence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mason Greenwood seemed to be the main pivot of the Man United attack. and has scored a total of 3 goals for Manchester United. Aside from the 5-1 trashing of Leeds United, the other two goals scored by Mason Greenwood were very crucial, as he scored the only goals that secured a 1-1 draw against a determined Southampton side, and did the same against Wolverhampton.
And so far, Mason has featured in all of Manchester's United matches and has been impressive going forward. In contrast, only Bukayo Saka comes close to Mason Greenwood this season, and perhaps Jack Grealish as well. Otherwise, Harry Kane is still struggling to discover himself, as well as Jadon Sancho since he moved to Manchester United.
So I still do not see any reason why Mason Greenwood did not make the list ahead of Jadon Sancho and even Bukayo Saka based on form and performance. For me, his exclusion makes no sense and is equally unfair. What do you think?
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