2022 World Cup: Neymar Suggests England Manager Gareth Southgate Has Made Mistake With Jadon Sancho Omission

2022 World Cup: Neymar Suggests England Manager Gareth Southgate Has Made Mistake With Jadon Sancho Omission

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:17 PM
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  • Neymar has hinted that England manager Gareth Southgate committed a mistake with the exclusion of Jadon Sancho from his World Cup final squad
  • Meanwhile, the PSG star has been in blistering form since the start of the season and is expected to lead Brazil's bid for a sixth world crown in Qatar
  • Neymar and Brazil will commence their journey to the elusive sixth world title against Serbia on Thursday, November 24

Brazil forward Neymar has hinted England manager Gareth Southgate may have committed a blunder with his final 26-man contingent for the 2022 World Cup.

Southgate ruffled a few feathers with his final squad for the Mundial, with several high-profile names conspicuously missing from the list.

Key among the absentees was Manchester United attacker Jadon Sancho, who was later trolled by an Irish Airline - RyanAir - for his inability to make the England squad for the global showpiece.

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Neymar has praised Manchester United star Jadon Sancho for his exceptional talent, despite missing out on Gareth Southgate's list for the World Cup. Photo credit: @brfootball @BrasilEdition
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His absence may somehow be justified, following his questionable form in the build-up to the World Cup, despite showing positive signs early in the campaign.

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However, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar is of a different opinion, suggesting Sancho's skillset should have merited him a spot in Southgate's 26-man squad.

The 30-year-old, who made Brazil's list for the World Cup, said in an interview with the Telegraph, after excluding the Three Lions from his favourites to lift the World Cup:

"I forgot about England, but obviously they have a chance."

When asked who his favourite English players are, Neymar added:

"I really like Kane and Sancho. They are two incredible players and I have a special love for them. I like players that have their qualities."

Neymar pulls off jaw-dropping trick

Neymar has again proven to the world he is a special footballer with an incredible skill set, after another amazing demonstration which stunned his Brazilian teammates.

Brazil stars participated in an extreme touch challenge in a video uploaded online, where a drone held a football 35 metres in the air.

In typical Neymar fashion, the PSG star led brought the ball under immediate control with a ridiculously good first touch, before flicking the ball up into his hands.

Irish Airline savagely trolls Sancho

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Southgate's England squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was bound to stoke some controversy.

Manchester United star Jadon Sancho found himself omitted from the final squad alongside the likes of Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham.

Perhaps Tomori will feel hard done by the decision, given his imperious form for AC Milan, but Sancho knew the snub was coming.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.