Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has withdrawn from England’s squad for this summer’s European Championships in order to recover from a ‘pre-existing’ injury.
The teenager was named in the Three Lions’ provisional 33-man squad for the tournament after a fine end to the season with the Red Devils.
Greenwood’s place in the full squad was in the balance but the 19-year-old has made Gareth Southgate’s decision easier by withdrawing himself in order to fully recuperate from the unspecified issue.
Manchester United confirmed in a brief statement that the forward would return to the club to work on his recovery.
‘Mason Greenwood has withdrawn from provisional England Euro 2021 squad in order to recover fully from an underlying injury that also kept him out of the U21 Euros in March,’ a statement from United read.
‘Mason’s club appearances were managed carefully to maintain his availability through the intensive 20/21 Premier League and Europa League schedule but a further spell of tournament football would not be beneficial.
‘Mason will remain at Man Utd to recuperate and prepare for pre-season training.’
After a difficult start to the campaign, Greenwood finished the season strongly to finish the season on 12 goals.
Greenwood bagged eight goals in his final 14 appearances of the campaign, having managed just four in his previous 39.
Greenwood made his Three Lions debut in a Nations League win against Iceland last summer but that remains his only cap to date.
The forward was subsequently sent home from that trip after breaking Covid-19 protocols by inviting girls back to the team hotel in Reykjavik.
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