Chris Smalling focused on Man United


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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling insists he has not spoken to England coach Gareth Southgate as he looks to focus on his football rather than the World Cup.

The centre-back played his part in United’s 2-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday, as the Red Devils reached the FA Cup final at Wembley.

He started the game alongside compatriot Phil Jones and he played a huge role in helping his team overcome Spurs.

Smalling has also helped Jose Mourinho’s men climb into second in the Premier League table but he has refused to look too far ahead.

Jones looks set to travel with the England squad to Russia for this summer’s World Cup, while Smalling has only played twice for England under Southgate.

He has been left out of the last few squads but some sections of the media believe the former Fulham man may sneak into contention.

However, Smalling insists he is totally focused on United’s renaming five games of the campaign.

“All I can do is play the games and at the minute I’m playing every game and performing in big games so I’ll just keep doing my job,” he said when asked about a potential England recall.

“Of course you want to be playing in the summer. All you can do is let your football do the talking.

“I think I’ve been a mainstay in the set-up for quite a while now and I just want to finish the season as strongly as I can and see what happens. At the minute there are no conversations and I’m going to keep playing my games.”

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