Gareth Southgate: I don't know if Wayne Rooney will leave Manchester United
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 4:28
Southgate has also defended the FA's decision to omit Marcus Rashford from the under-21 squad for this summer's European Championships.
England manager Gareth Southgate says he did not speak to captain Wayne Rooney before leaving him out of the squad for June's matches with Scotland and France.
"Marcus's evolution this season has been clear in terms of the responsibility he's had at his club".
"I never want to send players back injured". I thought his contribution for us in March was excellent, not only in the matches where I thought he had a really good impact but also on the training pitch and around the camp.
"Rashford has won more than I won already, which is f****** depressing!" added Southgate. "I guess it's just a case of building up trust".
"That's enabled us to have a more realistic case for picking him because he's somebody that we've been following right the way through".
The right-back, who has amassed 14 senior worldwide caps to date, will not be available for either a potentially feisty 2018 World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park or a subsequent friendly at the Stade de France due to a back injury that had been bothering him at the time of the initial squad announcement.
"I'm not going to achieve that". If I am trying to keep Jose happy that's going to be, let's say fairly hard. Respectfully, none of the managers are going to be around in 10 years, or it's very, very unlikely, and I think people like Marcus Rashford will be.
"[Rashford's] relationship with England is key".
Jose Mourinho argued Rashford's eight senior caps was a reason why he should play with the England side and it seems like Southgate agrees with the decision.
Southgate said: "Other people have come in to the squad and done very well. Some of our best players are our youngest".
"But maybe we won't go down that route!"
"We saw him score that free-kick against Celta Vigo and there's a danger he ends up taking corners as he's bloody good at them as well". So going overseas in a broader sense is a positive. Maybe if we had ― you look at the likes of (Xabi) Alonso, who's been around Europe and played in the biggest leagues and it's definitely had a big influence on him.