Sancho dropped as Alexander-Arnold welcomed back for England

Matt Stead
Jadon Sancho watches on

Jadon Sancho has been dropped by Gareth Southgate for England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.

Sancho has been in poor form since leaving Borussia Dortmund for Manchester United in the summer.

The winger has yet to score or assist a single goal in 12 appearances, starting two of four Champions League games and three in ten in the Premier League.

Sancho has played 20 minutes of the club’s last four games, leading to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defending his team selections.

But the player’s struggles at club level have had an impact on the international scene as Southgate has omitted Sancho from his latest 25-man squad.

Fellow Manchester United forwards Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood were also left out, along with Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier, AC Milan centre-half Fikayo Tomori and Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins.

Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund is back in the side after skipping the October internationals, while Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire return from injury.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is also in a selection which features only three natural right-backs. You’ve changed, Gareth.

England face Albania on Friday, November 12 before visiting San Marino the following Monday.

The Three Lions need four points from those two fixtures to guarantee qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with second-placed Poland facing Andorra and Hungary.

England have only dropped four points in the entirety of their qualification campaign, squandering a perfect record against Poland in September before ending the last international break with a poor draw at home to Hungary.

Those few days of wondering why Alexander-Arnold isn’t very good for England will be fun.


Full England squad for World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse

Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling