By Joe Ellis

21st Sep, 2022 | 9:10pm

Leeds United icon Tony Dorigo hails 'honest' Jack Harrison after England snub

Jack Harrison was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Nations League but Leeds United icon Tony Dorigo has backed him up.

The Stoke-on-Trent-born winger has been in fantastic form for the Whites this season with three assists to his name already and a solitary goal in the 3-0 demolition of Chelsea.

Dorigo, who himself was a late call-up prior to an international tournament, still thinks the 25-year-old has a chance of being on the plane to Qatar if he keeps his form up.

“I suppose Jack Harrison is in a similar situation to myself in that he is still uncapped very close to a major international tournament,” he said in his Yorkshire Evening Post column.

“Jack has done fantastically well and he is such an honest player as well. You look at all the stats and he is effective and that’s the other thing – there is an end product and that is always improving.

“There’s no doubt that people should be starting to talk about Jack for England and no doubt Gareth Southgate has been watching and had his scouts out there watching Jack intently as well.”

Bench-warmer

Harrison certainly could make the flight to Doha in November but when he gets there, he will realise that there is no room for him in Southgate’s best XI by a long stretch.

The Three Lions gaffer will be starting the likes of Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish over Harrison any day of the week regardless of the form they are in assuming they are fit to play.

Even the likes of Jadon Sancho could get in ahead of Harrison and there are many other attacking players who will be above him in the pecking order.

It would be far more beneficial for him to stay at Thorp Arch for a month, get a decent rest, and then be able to get involved in Jesse Marsch’s tactical lessons that he surely will put on for those still at the club.

A month in Yorkshire recovering is far more useful than a month on the bench in the Middle East this season.

In other Leeds United news, this Sky Sports pundit is very excited to see a quartet of senior pros on their way back to fitness.