Only one Manchester United player makes Mourinho’s England starting XI

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England start the European Championship with a game against Croatia on Sunday, and it’s a massive game for the two sides.

Jose Mourinho has named his starting eleven for the Three Lions against Croatia, and surprisingly no outfield Manchester United player made his team.

Manchester United goalkeeper, Dean Henderson was Mourinho’s only choice from the United team to start for England. Mourinho also didn’t go for Harry Maguire in the centre of defence.

Appearing on talkSPORT, Mourinho – keen not to tell Gareth Southgate how to do his job – said: “It’s more complex but traditionally I would say two centre-backs and be strong in midfield and trust the centre-backs to deal with the opposition.

“Gareth never came on to say Manchester United or Tottenham should play like this.

“But just for fun, I would go Henderson in goal, without Maguire Stones and Mings. Mings has leadership, Stones is very fast.

Explaining why he will start Ben Chilwell over Luke Shaw, Mourinho said: “At left-back, I would go Chilwell. I would not think twice, he is intelligent and covers the space, dangerous in attack, good in the air and on set pieces, he can defend well.

“No thought of Luke Shaw. He had a good season and clearly had an evolution in terms of emotionally and professionalism but I think Chilwell has something more especially with the ball, very calm under pressure.”

Explaining why he won’t start Marcus Rashford, Mourinho said that Jack Grealish is untouchable on the left side, and Rashford can’t play on the right.

Mourinho said: “Harry Kane is untouchable and then I think Grealish is untouchable as well. His best position is on the left.

“Then for me Marcus Rashford can only play there. He is completely lost when he plays on the right, the dynamic is broken. He attacks spaces on the left.

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