Two mercurial talents that have had a combined total of one appearance since Euro 2020 are slowly, but surely, getting their way back into international form. Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, both of Manchester United, have had a difficult 12 months for their club, which saw a complete meltdown during last year’s campaign and, in turn, caused the level of their performances to disintegrate.

Sancho, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund for £75 million in the summer of 2021, came into a club who looked ready to take the next step up. They might have squandered their chances of Europa League glory, but a respectable second-placed finish in the Premier League looked favourable for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.