Reds duo to miss Monday internationals
Manchester United’s Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay have withdrawn from the England and Scotland squads respectively, meaning neither will play any part in this evening's World Cup qualifiers.
McTominay’s removal from the Scotland camp was the most recent to be confirmed, by the Scottish FA, on Sunday evening.
It comes after our midfielder watched his national team clinch a play-off place with a 2-0 win in Moldova on Friday from home, having left Steve Clarke’s group ahead of the qualifier, due to a throat infection.
There was hope that Scott may be able to join back up with the team ahead of tonight’s match, their final game in the qualifying group, against pool winners Denmark at Hampden Park, but our no.39 has since dropped out of the squad and been replaced by Hibernian’s Ryan Porteous.
Shaw had undergone tests and treatment following a concussion sustained in the Manchester derby, just over a week ago.
The full-back missed England’s 5-0 victory over Albania on Friday evening and following the match at Wembley, manager Gareth Southgate said that it would be “very unlikely” that Shaw would be in the squad for tonight’s final Group I fixture in San Marino.
The pair will both return to Carrington in due course as preparations step up for our return to action, this coming Saturday, when we visit Vicarage Road to take on Watford in the Premier League.
Elsewhere on Monday, another United player that could be in action for his nation is young midfielder Ethan Galbraith. The 20-year-old, who watched the Green and White Army’s 1-0 victory over Lithuania from the bench last week, is in Ian Baraclough’s squad currently preparing to take on European champions Italy in their final Group C fixture, at Windsor Park.
Here is a reminder of the remaining November international fixtures that could involve our Reds...
MONDAY 15 NOVEMBER
Northern Ireland (Galbraith) v Italy – 19:45 GMT
San Marino v England (Maguire) – 19:45 GMT
TUESDAY 16 NOVEMBER
Cameroon v Ivory Coast (Bailly) – 19:00 GMT
Argentina v Brazil (Fred) – 23:30 GMT