Mason Greenwood left out of En...


Mason Greenwood left out of England squad to face Republic of Ireland

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Phil Foden's been recalled to the England squad to face Ireland but Manchester United's Mason Greenwood has been left out by Gareth Southgate.

Both players were sent home for breaching coronavirus rules while representing their country in Iceland in September.

"They don't come as a pair," Southgate told a press conference when asked about Greenwood's omission this afternoon. "They are individual players with their own strengths and individual talents.

"We are looking at the balance of the squad positionally. Phil has had quite a lot of football with his club most recently and Mason has had less game time with United.

"I have had a good chat with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about his development and I feel it is better for him to stay with the club at the moment and to develop over the next few months.

"But they are both available, there was no carryover from what happened in September, that is done. Both are available for selection and are going to be very good players, there is no doubt about that.

"The timeline on this occasion is different for them but they're now judged on their football, their development and how they're progressing. They're both in an area of the pitch where there's a lot of competition for places. It's a real challenge for everyone in that area."

Chelsea's Reece James has also been included, despite being suspended for their upcoming Nations League games.

England play the Republic of Ireland in a friendly at Wembley next week, before taking on Belgium and Iceland in the Nations League.

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Joe Gomez, Reece James, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Tyrone Mings, Bukayo Saka, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Phil Foden, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, Harry Winks

Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling

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