Mason Greenwood’s International Career in Jeopardy Under Gareth Southgate’s Management
Recent reports suggest that Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood may not have a chance to play for England again while Gareth Southgate is the manager. The 21-year-old footballer is reportedly hoping to resume his international career after charges of attempted rape, assault, and controlling and coercive behavior were dropped last month.
Greenwood has not played a game since January 2022, and his future at the club is currently uncertain. While the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the charges against him, the Premier League giants have launched their own investigation to determine their next steps.
Recent reports suggest that United could force Greenwood to conduct a TV interview and undergo therapy if they decide to allow him back into the team. However, fan groups, sponsors, and the women’s team would be consulted over their opinions before that happens, and the Red Devils could still decide to cut ties with the forward entirely.
It appears that a decision has already been made about his immediate international future. The 21-year-old has turned down an approach to play for Jamaica, who he qualifies to play for on his mother’s side, in hope of returning to the England fold. However, according to The Sun, he will not be selected for the Three Lions squad as long as Southgate is in charge.
A source close to the situation is quoted: “He is clinging to the hope of playing again at the highest level. But Southgate places a great deal of importance on not only a player’s talent but how the squad gels.”
Greenwood hasn’t made an appearance for England since making his debut at the age of 18 against Iceland in 2020. Two days later, he and Phil Foden were sent home from the camp after allegedly bringing two women back to the team hotel in a breach of COVID-19 rules at the time.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Greenwood, both at Manchester United and on the international stage. While he may be hoping for a return to form and a chance to represent his country once again, it seems that his past actions may have lasting consequences. Only time will tell if he can overcome these obstacles and continue to pursue his dreams on the pitch.