The Manchester United duo of Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford have pulled out of the final England qualifiers for next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament as revealed by the statement from the Three Lions camp on Monday. The two Manchester United players were part of four England ruled out of the World Cup qualifying matches against Albania and San Marino.
England have a three-point lead over Poland in second place as far as Group I of the European qualifiers for Qatar 2022 is concerned ahead of the final two games in the group. They take on Albania at home on Friday, before an away game against San Marino next week Monday. The Albanians are also in contention for the top two places and they are five points off England in third place ahead of their meeting.
Manager Gareth Southgate and his England players will book their place at the tournament next year if they are able to secure a win in one of the two games against Albania and San Marino.
Apart from Shaw and Rashford, Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse and Chelsea playmaker Mason Mount are the other players who pulled out the newest England squad.