Man Utd’s Mason Greenwood will ‘never again’ play for England as Gareth Southgate ‘makes decision’
Man Utd player Mason Greenwood will reportedly ‘never again’ play for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager has no intention to select him.
Last month, charges including attempted rape and assault against Greenwood were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.
After the case against the Man Utd player was discontinued, a spokesperson for the CPS revealed that they came to this decision after concluding that “there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction”.
“We have a duty to keep cases under continuous review.
“In this case, a combination of the withdrawal of key witnesses and new material that came to light meant there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction. In these circumstances, we are under a duty to stop the case.
“We have explained our decision to all parties. We would always encourage any potential victims to come forward and report to police and we will prosecute wherever our legal test is met.”
Man Utd have since started their own internal investigation and they are yet to decide whether he will play for the Premier League club again.
While United are mulling over a final decision, The Sun are reporting that Greenwood’s ‘England future has been revealed’.
It is suggested that the 21-year-old will ‘never again’ play for The Three Lions while Southgate is in charge. This is while Greenwood has ‘rejected the chance’ to switch allegiance to play for Jamaica.
Greenwood has ‘not given up his Three Lions dream’ despite his ‘fall out’ with Southgate meaning that he has little chance to play under him over the next couple of years.
It is said that Greenwood ‘qualifies for Jamaica via his mother’s side, and rules state he could be eligible to play for them in September’.
Speaking on the prospect of Greenwood playing for Jamaica, their manager Dennis Chung said: “He is only 21 and so has a very bright future ahead of him and I think he will add value to any team he is on.”
A source for The Sun meanwhile has indicated that Southgate’s decision on Greenwood comes down to him prioritising “how the squad gels” over his player’s quality.
“He is clinging to the hope of playing again at the highest level,” a source told The Sun.
“But Southgate places a great deal of importance on not only a player’s talent, but how the squad gels.”
Earlier this week, it was reported that Greenwood’s Man Utd is ‘firmly under consideration’.
Sources told The Athletic that ‘United may seek to frame him as a young man who has made mistakes and is remorseful for his actions, while also believing they have a responsibility to help rehabilitate a player who has been on the club’s books since the age of six’.
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