Pictures: Manchester United’s Chris Smalling training with England squad

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United’s Chris Smalling looked hard at work in England training ahead of the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Netherlands over the international break.

With Wayne Rooney injured and Michael Carrick overlooked, Smalling is currently Man United’s only representative in the England squad.

The defender was superb in the 1-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday, winning the Man of the Match award, and he will be hopeful of continuing his good form for his country:

The hope for Louis van Gaal is that Smalling comes away unscathed from the international break as he had been struggling with a niggling injury in recent weeks.

Smalling, following a frustrating few years at Old Trafford, has really kicked on this season, putting in a number of superb performances.

The 26-year-old could be crucial to United’s bid to finish in the top four of the Premier League and he will be looking to finish the campaign strongly.

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