Southgate says he has spoken to Brendan Rodgers about Scott Sinclair

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 30:Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers arrives prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hibernian at Celtic Park Stadium on September...

Celtic winger Scott Sinclair is not part of the current England squad.

Scott Sinclair and Callum McGregor of Celtic  celebrate during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

England national football team head coach Gareth Southgate has revealed to The Glasgow Evening Times why he did not include Celtic winger Scott Sinclair in his squad.

Sinclair has revitalised his career at Celtic since his move from Aston Villa in the summer of 2016 for a transfer fee reported by The Guardian to be worth £3 million.

The 28-year-old winger has scored 35 goals in 65 matches for the Bhoys, according to The Glasgow Evening Times.

Celtic's head coach Brendan Rodgers talks during a press conference in Brussels on September 26, 2017 on the eve of the Champions League group B) football match against RSC Anderlecht.

The former Chelsea and Manchester City man was a key player in Celtic’s Scottish Premiership triumph last season.

Southgate, though, has not included Sinclair in his England squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania.

The 47-year-old, who has Premier League managerial experience with Middlesbrough, has explained why he did not 28-year-old in his team.

The former Crystal Palace and Aston Villa man has also revealed that he had a conversation with Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers about Sinclair at the end of last season.

Gareth Southgate manager of England smiles as he inspects the pitch on the eve of the World Cup qualifying match against Malta at Ta'Qali National Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Valletta,...

“I had a conversation with Brendan [Rodgers] about him at the end of last season," Southgate told The Glasgow Evening Times.

"He's a good player but we have good quality in that area of the pitch and at the moment I think he is just below the level of what we have already got.

"I would be happy to have that conversation (what he needs to do to break through) with him but I don't think it's appropriate to talk about performance aspects in public."

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