Outspoken Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has made a dig at Gareth Southgate, after the England manager once again left Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood out of the senior ranks.
The youngsters are still serving a punishment of exile following their antics in the aftermath of England’s Nations League victory over Iceland, when they invited women back to the quarantined team hotel.
And now, after naming his latest Three Lions team, both starlets have once again been overlooked and are set to be demoted back to the junior ranks.
Feeling aggrieved by the decision, Scholes took to social media to make his opinion known.
The former United and England icon tactically posted a picture of Foden and Greenwood via his Instagram story, along with a caption over the top.
Scholes wrote sarcastically: ‘England are clearly so blessed with creativity and brilliant goal scorers that we might as well leave them out and punish them and the team again.’
In the absence of Foden and Greenwood Southgate has given first-time calls to a series of stars.
The England boss has handed debut call-ups to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Harvey Barnes and Bukayo Saka for the forthcoming triple-header of fixtures.
Southgate has named an extended 30-man squad for the games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark amid fatigue concerns for a number of players.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been called up to the squad despite his forthcoming retrial after being found guilty on three separate counts following an incident involving police on the Greek island of Mykonos.
Maguire was dropped from September’s squad following the verdict – he has appealed against his conviction and is set for a retrial. He has denied all charges.