Gareth Southgate has insisted that Manchester United players need to ‘do a lot’ to join the World Cup squad in Qatar later this year.
Quoted by the BBC, the England boss explained: “We’ve only got one [Harry Maguire] with us. They’ve [Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho] got a lot to do to get back in the squad.
“Well, look, I think the lower the load then of course the less likely for injuries and the hope that players can be that little bit sharper but there’s no way of knowing.
“Some players are at their best when they’re in a rhythm of playing and you talk to some of our lads now and they want to play every game because that’s how they feel they get to their best level.
“Others need the breaks, they need longer recovery between the matches to be at their best.”
The Red Devils duo is not included in the Three Lions squad for the ongoing Nations League fixtures. Only Maguire has been called up while Luke Shaw recovers from an injury.
Both Rashford and Sancho were excluded from England’s fixtures in March following an inconsistent club season.
England fly to Qatar on November 15 and it’s up to the United pair to work on turning things around under Erik ten Hag in 2022-23.