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Smalling defends himself after England omission

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says he has nothing to prove to England manager Gareth Southgate after being dropped by the national team and having his ability publicly questioned.

Smalling was overlooked for England's recent friendly games against Germany and Brazil, with Southgate picking younger players and saying he wanted his team to move toward a style of "using the ball from the back and building up in a certain way."

"Was I surprised? Yes, I was," Smalling said on Tuesday of his omission, speaking at United's news conference ahead of its Champions League game against Basel.

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