Lescott considering Man City exit to save England career

Joleon Lescott is considering forcing an exit from Manchester City in a bid to safeguard his place in Roy Hodgson’s squad ahead of next year’s World Cup, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Lescott has lost his place as Vincent Kompany’s central defensive partner to summer signing Matija Nastasic, starting only 13 league games under Roberto Mancini this season, compared to 30 starts in the previous campaign, in which City won the Premier League title.

The former Everton defender originally missed out on a place in Hodgson’s squad for the last round of England games, only being recalled after a spate of injuries and withdrawals left the manager short on centre-backs.

With that in mind, Lescott admits he has to think seriously about his club future after falling out of favour under Mancini this season. He said: “It would be tough to have another season like this.

I’ve only started 13 games and that’s not great going into a World Cup. If my place in the squad was secure at international level then it would be a little bit easier. I only got in the last squad by default. You can’t expect to play for England if you’re not playing for your club.

But as long as I’m here, I’m happy to do a job for the team and the club. I’d love to stay

here but if it’s not to be, then so be it.

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