Roma boss, Jose Mourinho has said he feels very sorry for Chris Smalling because he knows Southgate won’t include the defender in England squad for Qatar 2022 World Cup despite his form.
Mourinho feels the 32-year-old has done well enough to be named in the England squad but admits he ‘feels sorry’ for the Roma defender.
He said that the England coach has constantly overlooked the defender as he has not played for England since 2017.
“If I were the coach of a national team, I would do anything to have someone like him at my disposal,” the Portuguese told reporters.
“I don’t think it’s a lack of respect to Gareth Southgate when I say that I feel very sorry for a player who’s playing at such a high level like Smalling and who won’t get the opportunity he deserves.”
The World Cup starts in November 2022 and national team handlers will be announcing their squad any moment from now.