‘I’m as good a defender as anyone,’ Chris Smalling tells England manager

• Manchester United defender ‘surprised’ by Gareth Southgate’s decision
• José Mourinho to rest Young, Mata and Valencia against Basel

Chris Smalling has questioned Gareth Southgate’s judgment, saying he was surprised the England manager dropped him from the friendlies against Germany and Brazil for not being accomplished enough at playing from the back.

Smalling also insisted that if he continued to perform successfully for Manchester United, Southgate would be forced to select him for the World Cup.

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The Guardian