Chris Smalling: England snub for World Cup motivates me at Manchester United

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Chris Smalling is hoping to turn his World Cup disappointment into a positive by re-establishing himself at Manchester United.

The defender, who has 31 caps, was axed from the England squad by manager Gareth Southgate in the build-up to the tournament in Russia and has been overlooked for games against Spain and Switzerland this season.

He was also left out by Jose Mourinho for the first two games of the new campaign but the 28-year-old helped United to their first clean sheet at Burnley before scoring a spectacular volley in the 2-1 win at Watford on Saturday.

"It's obviously difficult [watching the World Cup], I am not going to lie," said nike nfl jerseys wholesale3

"You want to be involved for a top club, you want to be involved for your country as well and it was a disappointment, but I had to turn it into a positive to a point where I have my rest and I have a full preseason which I have not had for a while. You take it from there and hit the ground running this season.

"It was a difficult time but you have to try and take the positives."

Smalling's international exile looks set to continue while Southgate is in charge, with the former Middlesbrough boss preferring defenders he believes are more comfortable on the nfl jerseys china nike

Nemanja Matic admitted to being "surprised" after the game at Watford that Smalling did not go to the World Cup after playing nearly 50 games for United last season but the centre-back insists his focus now is only on his club career.

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