CHRIS SMALLING admits he is still at a loss to understand his England axing.
The Manchester United star had no warning of Gareth Southgate’s criticism he apparently could not play out from the back so would not figure in his squad.
That was in November 2017 and he has been on 31 caps since.
Smalling, 29, said: “I was surprised.
“I played a couple of games before that happened and the feedback I got was good.
“When we played Germany away and lost 1-0, I missed the next game through injury but he rang me after and was very complimentary. So I was surprised.”
He also missed out on being part of the Three Lions’ World Cup adventure in Russia last year when they reached the semis.
Smalling said: “It was disappointing, I wish I was there.
“Now I’ll keep playing for United and see what happens.”
Smalling was speaking at Salford City Academy as he became a patron for the Football Beyond Borders Schools programme – click here to read more.
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