Mason Greenwood 'to return to Gareth Southgate's England squad'

Mason Greenwood ‘to return to Gareth Southgate’s England squad’ for the first time since lockdown breach in Iceland with Phil Foden… after Danny Ings is sidelined for six weeks

  • Gareth Southgate will name his latest England squad on Thursday afternoon
  • Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood will reportedly earn his spot back
  • He has not been involved in the side since breaching lockdown rules in Iceland
  • Greenwood and Phil Foden were caught with two women in the team hotel 

Mason Greenwood is reportedly set to win back his place in the England squad after confirmation that Southampton striker Danny Ings faces up to six weeks out through injury.

Ings, who has five Premier League goals this season and netted against Wales at Wembley in the last set of international games, is to undergo surgery on a knee issue sustained in the 4-3 away win to Aston Villa on Sunday. 

Greenwood was omitted for Gareth Southgate’s most recent squad after he was sent home from Iceland, along with Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, having breached lockdown rules by smuggling two women into the team hotel in Reykjavik.

Mason Greenwood is set to win back his place in the England squad when it is named today

The Manchester United striker will come in after Danny Ings was ruled out for up to six weeks

But, according to the Guardian, the Manchester United forward is set to take the spot that would have been occupied by the Southampton striker, bringing to an end the 19-year-old’s exile following his mistake in Iceland.

‘It looks as though Danny is out for four to six weeks,’ Southampton’s manager Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed. 

‘He will have small surgery tomorrow morning. It could be worse but he is out and this is not good news for us. 

‘We decided to go for the surgery because it is the safest way to have a four-to-six-week break only. It is a small surgery but a necessary one and hopefully it doesn’t get worse.’ 

Phil Foden and Greenwood were left out of England’s squad for the last international break

Foden, who was also dropped following his misdemeanours on the Iceland trip, is widely expected to be selected when Southgate announces his squad on Thursday.

Southgate will pick captain Harry Kane and Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with his other forward options including Greenwood, Tammy Abraham and Callum Wilson.

Attacking trio Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho are also set to be named in today’s squad.

Reece James was sent-off after the full-time whistle in the loss against Denmark last month

Elsewhere, Southgate must weigh up whether it is worth picking Reece James in his squad, given the Chelsea right back will serve a two-match UEFA Nations League ban after his red card for dissent following the full-time whistle against Denmark.

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is set to miss out through injury, while Harry Maguire is likely to be picked despite serving a one-match ban following his own red card during the 1-0 defeat at home to the Danes.  

England take on Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland in the upcoming break, which begins on November 12.

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