Chris Smalling says he will “never give up” on an England recall amid an impressive spell with Roma on loan from Manchester United.
Smalling has established himself as a first-team regular at Roma after joining the Italian club in August last year, having been deemed surplus to requirements by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 30-year-old’s struggles at club level had been preceded by his omission from the England setup, with Gareth Southgate having dropped him in November 2017 after questioning his passing ability.
However, Smalling’s form in Serie A has caught the attention of the England manager, who was spotted watching Roma take on Inter Milan in December.
England host Italy at Wembley in their first game of 2020 on March 27, a coincidence that Smalling describes as “funny”, with a potential recall coming against the country he has relocated to.
After that, England have just three more friendly matches before they begin their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia at Wembley on June 14.