Five Manchester United strikers are not included in the national squads

Donny van de Beek has become the fifth attacking player from Manchester United to be excluded from his national team selection.

Van de Beek has only played four times this season and appeared in the 87th minute of United’s 2-2 draw with Atalanta for his first appearance in six weeks.

The 24-year-old has failed to join the Dutch squad for the third time in a row, and Van de Beek’s decision to change agent has sparked speculation about a potential transfer in the January window.

Holland coach Louis van Gaal clarified two months ago that he spoke with Van de Beek for 40 minutes and stressed that he should play regularly to be considered for selection. The Dutch take on Montenegro and Norway in the World Cup qualifiers this month.

Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho were also left out of England squad for their matches against Albania and San Marino due to lack of playing time after the October internationals.

Lingard has only played two substitutes for United since starting in England’s 5-0 defeat to Andorra last month, and the 28-year-old has not started in the Premier League for the club since New Year’s Day 2020. Lingard turns 29 next month. and is out of contract at United in June.

Sancho, 21, has started his last four United games on the bench and is still without a goal or assist for the club since joining for £ 72.9m from Borussia Dortmund.

England coach Gareth Southgate clarified that Mason Greenwood had asked not to be considered for selection for the rest of the year at a meeting held back in September.

Greenwood, 20, made his England debut at the age of 18 against Iceland last year, but broke the Covid-19 guidelines in Reykjavik and has not played for the national team since.

Anthony Martial has also failed to sign the French squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Finland and Kazakhstan after failing to play for over a month. Martial, 25, has only started three times for United during this period and his form has been problematic for more than a year.

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford have joined England’s squad, while Paul Pogba was included in France’s party.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot have been named in Portugal’s squad for their matches against Ireland and Serbia. Dalot can start against Ireland as a left-back, as Nuno Mendes is suspended.

Luis Enrique has named David de Gea in the Spanish squad, Victor Lindelof is on duty in Sweden, Scott McTominay is in the Scottish squad, Fred has been called up by Brazil, Eric Bailly will be joined by the Ivory Coast squad, and Edinson Cavani is in Uruguay’s squad .

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