England manager, Gareth Southgate, has officially named his squad before the Nations League gets underway. Included in that squad are both Mason Greenwood and Dean Henderson. Along with them, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire were included in the team. However, Southgate removed Maguire shortly after naming the team because of his situation in Greece.
Rashford could also miss game time due to an ankle injury that he sustained last season. If Rashford and Maguire cannot play, then Greenwood and Henderson could be the only United players to play for England this summer.
Greenwood Over Grealish
One massive exclusion from the Three Lions’ roster is Jack Grealish; Mason Greenwood reportedly took the spot over Grealish. Southgate said in the press, ” With Jack [Grealish], the simple answer is Mason Greenwood. He is competing in my view against Greenwood.” Southgate seems to prefer Greenwood in the future of the England squad. He added, “He’s a talent, there’s no doubt about that, but I think Mason Greenwood’s performances, his goal-scoring ability, and maturity was impossible to leave out.”
United’s interest flip from Grealish to Donny van de Beek could also have been explained from his absence in the England squad. Grealish was a top target for Ole, but maybe since Southgate doesn’t rate him, United took a step back. Paying £80 million for an uncapped English player who got beat out by your 18-year-old isn’t a great look, so United turning to van de Beek (who is nearly half the price) makes a lot of sense.
Dean Henderson will have fierce competition all around. With United, he has to battle De Gea and with England, he is up against Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope. However, Henderson could rise to the occasion and eventually take over both #1 roles. Winning a spot in the England squad bolsters his value as a player. If Henderson does take over the first-choice role for England, then it could be hard for him to sit the bench for United.
Southgate loves the chance Henderson has and said in the Mail, “I think it’s an opportunity for him really… If I was him and I had the chance to push to be the Manchester United #1, then I’d make the same decision [to stay at United]. He’s got the chance to train every day in front of the manager, to influence him and put David de Gea under pressure for his place. I think for his career it’s a logical decision given the number of matches United will have next season.”
Some of the Best
Henderson and Greenwood have an amazing opportunity on their hands. While both have had club great seasons, playing internationally is crucial to becoming truly world class players. The Nations League is a trial for them and hopefully a sign for more good things to come.
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Written by CJ Szaz.