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Gareth Southgate explains why Celtic star is not England quality

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England manager Gareth Southgate has expressed his reasons for not selecting Celtic forward Scott Sinclair for the Three Lions national team.

England manager Southgate has been questioned multiple times about his snub of Celtic forward Scott Sinclair for the national team as the attacker has been playing spectacularly since moving from Aston Villa to join the Scottish Champions over two seasons ago, during which time he has scored 35 goals in 65 appearances.

Despite such fantastic numbers, the former Swansea man has again been largely ignored by Southgate and the 47-year-old has now gone on to explain the exact reasons for the snub.

The former Middlesbrough manager attributed his hesitance towards selecting Sinclair to the sufficient quality already present in the team in the position where the attacker plays and stated that the Celtic star is below the desired quality.

Speaking with Glasgow Evening times, Southgate said, “I had a conversation with Brendan [Rodgers] about him at the end of last season.

“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.”

Despite the admission from Southgate, Sinclair will be keen to get called up for the England squad for the World Cup as he is currently at the peak of his career and it will possibly be the last time when he will be under the radar for the Three Lions.