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Greenwood a doubt for England's next round of international fixtures

Mason Greenwood is a doubt for England’s next fixtures due to agreement between Gareth Southgate and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to nurture Man United star’s international career

  • Mason Greenwood was left out of England’s World Cup qualifying triple header 
  • Gareth Southgate met Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for talks about him last month
  • The 19-year-old has scored in each of Man United’s first three league games
  • But the two managers are keen to nurture his international career carefully

Mason Greenwood could be left out of England’s next round of internationals as part of an agreement between Gareth Southgate and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Sportsmail understands Southgate met Solskjaer for talks at Manchester United’s training ground last month, three days before omitting Greenwood from his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and Poland.

There are no guarantees that Greenwood will be recalled to face Andorra and Hungary next month either, despite a flying start to the season that has seen him score in each of United’s first three Premier League games.

Mason Greenwood could be left out of England’s next round of international fixtures


It comes as part of an agreement between Gareth Southgate (L) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (R)

Southgate and Solskjaer will continue to monitor the 19-year-old’s progress before making a decision, but are keen to nurture his international career carefully.

The England boss explained his reasoning last month after surprisingly leaving out Greenwood and calling up Patrick Bamford instead.

‘He (Greenwood) is a player we really like and he’s got every possibility to be a top England player. We’re all conscious we make that progression at the right time,’ said Southgate. ‘We decided it’s best he stays with his club. We’re all aligned with that — Mason, the club and his family.’

The 19-year-old has scored in each of Manchester United’s first three league games this term

Greenwood is highly regarded within the England set-up, but his only cap came against Iceland a year ago before he and Phil Foden were sent home for smuggling two women into the team hotel.

He pulled out of Euro 2020 this summer due to an ‘underlying injury’, and it is understood that he reported for pre-season at United in July with mixed feelings over his international situation.

United sources say Greenwood, who is still eligible for Jamaica, is totally committed to England but stress the need for him to be protected through the early stages of his career.

The England boss surprisingly left out Greenwood and called up Patrick Bamford instead




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