Roy Keane has warned Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli that they may never play for England again after missing out on the current squad.
Manchester United’s Lingard and Tottenham’s Alli were kept out of Gareth Southgate’s squad to face the Czech Republic – who they lost 2-1 to on Friday night – and Bulgaria, who England play on Monday.
The pair have struggled for form recently and the likes of Mason Mount, Ross Barkley and Jadon Sancho were preferred.
ITV presenter Mark Pougatch brought the issue up during the coverage of England’s loss against the Czech Republic, he said: “If you’re Lingard or Dele Alli – interesting Dele Alli this week, getting rid of all of his commercial activities, realising that maybe he’s at a bit of a tipping point of his career: ‘hang on a second, I was the bright young thing at Tottenham and England and that’s not the case any longer’.”
Keane responded: “Yeah, we saw the signs with one or two of these young players you mentioned who have disappeared.
“They should have done that about a year ago. And they mightn’t get a chance to get back in [now] – that’s what happens in football.
“Timing, these young lads in England, take your opportunity and let these lads fall by the wayside.”