England: Gareth Southgate to recall Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho | Football

Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford go through a purple patch (Picture: Getty)

Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford go through a purple patch (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho are set to be recalled to the England squad by boss Gareth Southgate.

Both players are going through a purple period under Erik ten Hag, with Rashford scoring three goals in four games and Sancho’s performances improving greatly.

Rashford returns to the Three Lions for the first time since November 2021, while Sancho was last selected in October 2021 as Southgate offers the duo a chance to impress him ahead of November’s World Cup in Qatar.

Both players were racially slurred after last summer’s Euro 2020 final, when the pair missed penalties in their penalty-shootout defeat by Italy.

Rashford and Sancho struggled for form last season, with the former scoring just five goals in 32 games and the latter in a huge £73m deal from Borussia Dortmund.

But both players are enjoying a resurgence in form, with Ten Hag slamming Rashford after United have won four Premier League games in a row.

“I see a happy Marcus Rashford,” said the Dutchman. “We’ve been working very hard with him on various aspects over the last two and a half months.

“You can see that at this moment. It started with luck. He comes every day, he enjoys it, he’s really smiling, with a really positive vibe.”

The pair will now return when England face Italy and Germany in the Nations League on September 23 and September 26 respectively.

It will be the last squad Southgate chooses before naming the England players who will head off to the World Cup.

Under Southgate’s guidance, England reached the semi-finals of the last World Cup in 2018 and finished runners-up at Euro 2020 as they look to go one better in Qatar and become world champions for the first time since 1966.

England are in Group B and meet Iran on November 21 before meeting the United States on November 25 and Britain and Wales on November 29.

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