Rio Ferdinand claims Jadon Sancho is better suited to international football than Premier League

Rio Ferdinand believes that Manchester United forward Jadon Sancho is better suited to international football than the Premier League.

The 22-year-old has started the season impressively and has scored three goals in eight appearances.

But despite an upturn in form under Erik ten Hag following a difficult maiden campaign at Old Trafford, England manager Gareth Southgate overlooked United’s number 25 when picking his squad for this month’s Nations League games.

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Despite failing to score in the Premier League this season, West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen was picked ahead of the former Borussia Dortmund man.

Rio Ferdinand claims Jadon Sancho is better suited to international football than the Premier League

With Southgate opting not to pick Manchester United’s £73m signing in his last squad before selecting his 26-man squad for this winter’s World Cup, Sancho seemingly faces an uphill task forcing his way back into the international fold before the tournament kicks off in Qatar.

But England’s toothless performance against Italy on Friday night only highlighted further that the Three Lions need Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Sancho.

Ferdinand was surprised by Southgate opting against calling up Sancho, but the former Red Devils centre-back did claim that he believes that the talented winger is better suited to international football than the Premier League.

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When asked whether he would have called up Sancho, speaking on his Vibe with FIVE podcast, Ferdinand said: “Yeah I would have, given what he’s done at the start of the season.

“Sancho probably suits international football more than the Premier League maybe, given the way he plays.

“I don’t know [why Southgate hasn’t picked him].”

Sancho will be hoping to continue his fine form for United and give Southgate no other choice but to put him into his World Cup squad.

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