Not good enough - Gareth Southgate delivers verdict on £3m Celtic player
By James Black
Gareth Southgate has revealed that Scott Sinclair hasn’t earned an England call-up because he is not as good as the players selected.
The 28-year-old has been a revelation since joining Celtic last summer but has yet to earn recognition from his national team despite scoring 35 times in just 65 appearances since his £3 million move from Aston Villa.
Sinclair has already found the net 10 times so far this term, and Celtic fans are baffled that the winger hasn’t even found his way into one of Southgate’s squad despite his performances for the Scottish champions.
Southgate explained that he had spoken with Celts boss Brendan Rodgers about Sinclair’s progress but felt that he wasn’t on the same level as stars such as Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford.
“I had a conversation with Brendan about him at the end of last season,” Southgate said as quoted by ESPN.
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“He’s a good player but we have good quality in that area of the pitch and at the moment I think he is just below the level of what we have already got.
“I would be happy to have that conversation [what he needs to do to break through] with him but I don’t think it’s appropriate to talk about performance aspects in public.”
Sinclair has scored more than any English player this season – other than Harry Kane – and picked up the PFA Scotland Player’s Player of the Year and Scottish Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards after a fantastic debut season in Glasgow.
The winger has put in a series of impressive displays, both domestically and in European competition, and will be left wondering what else he has to do to get a nod from Southgate.
Despite his lack of senior recognition at international level, Sinclair has represented England at every level up to Under-21 and was part of the Great Britain squad at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
In other Celtic news, Stan Collymore took a swipe at the European elite after the Hoops’ win over Anderlecht.