Chris Smalling tells England manager

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Chris Smalling has questioned Gareth Southgate’s judgment, saying he was surprised the England manager dropped him from the friendlies against Germany and Brazil for not being accomplished enough at playing from the back.

Smalling also insisted that if he continued to perform successfully for Manchester United, Southgate would be forced to select him for the World Cup.

Of those defenders Southgate chose for his most recent squad, he named Eric Dier, Harry Maguire and John Stones as being “even Authentic Evgeny Kuznetsov Jersey better” than Authentic Kevin Huber Jersey Smalling at initiating the play. A visibly unhappy Smalling said on Tuesday: “I was surprised. But you don’t play for one of the biggest clubs in the world for as long as I have and win every trophy bar the Champions League without being able to do everything a top defender needs to do, be it playing or defending.”
Since joining United in July 2010 Smalling has won the Premier League twice, the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League. The centre-back has played every minute of United’s past Womens Omar Gonzalez Jersey 10 games, and pointed to his part in José Mourinho’s impressive rearguard.
“This year we’ve got the best defensive record and we have done for the last few years and I’m very proud to be part of that,” he said. “While I’m playing under José, he’s happy and I’m playing regularly, then I’m happy with that.”
Smalling hopes to force his way into Southgate’s squad for Russia 2018. “Ultimately it’s your club form that decides whether you play at a World Cup because there aren’t many England games throughout the season,” he said. “While I’m playing regularly and part of a very successful team, that should show come the summer. If my season carries on like this and we have a successful season and our team continues to concede very few goals, then I give him maybe no choice in the summer but to pick me.
“With United the spotlight is always on and there’s always going to be that pressure, no matter what the game is. Whether it’s the Premier League or the Champions League, I can showcase my abilities.”
Smalling is confident in his abilities. “I don’t really feel like I need to prove anything to Gareth,” he said. “Like I said, I play for one of the most successful managers in José and he’s only going to pick the best players. I’m getting a good run of games these last few months and I’m feeling good.”
Smalling is enjoying working with Mourinho. “As a team and individually we work a lot on our tactics,” he said. “A lot of it is done in the meeting rooms. He’s very in-depth how he analyses the other team and how he wants us to play. It opens up the whole understanding of how you Wily Peralta Youth jersey see the game and the more that I’m working with him the more I’m feeling comfortable with him and doing his instructions.”
United play Basel on Wednesday night at St Jakob-Park knowing a point from their fifth Group A match would secure qualification to the Champions League knockout stage. Mourinho is resting Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Antonio Valencia for a game on a pitch recovering from the wear it took during the World Cup play-off between Switzerland and Northern Ireland.,17046


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