Gareth Southgate has omitted Man Utd stars Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard from his England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The Three Lions host Albania on Friday November 12 before travelling to minnows San Marino three days later. They will be looking to continue their dominance of Group I – Southgate’s men are unbeaten after their first eight matches, having won six.
Southgate has left out Sancho as a result of the winger’s lack of game time. He joined Man Utd for £73m in the summer but has mainly been used as an impact sub at Old Trafford so far.
Lingard has managed Premier League goals against Newcastle and West Ham this term but has also been kept on the bench for a majority of games.
Man City trio Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish will be on hand to support skipper Harry Kane. Forwards Tammy Abraham, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford are also selected in the 25-man squad.
Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham will return to compete for a midfield place. He is joined by first-choice pairing Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips. Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount and Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse have also been called up.
In-form full-backs Ben Chilwell and Trent Alexander-Arnold have returned to the fold. Chilwell has managed three goals in his last four Premier League appearances. The 24-year-old also scored in England’s 5-0 thrashing of Andorra last month.
Alexander-Arnold registered two assists on Wednesday as Liverpool beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League group stage. He will compete with Kyle Walker and Reece James for a starting spot on the right side of defence.
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Luke Shaw is available on the other flank, while centre-backs Harry Maguire and John Stones are named.
The full squad: Jordan Pickford, Sam Johnstone, Aaron Ramsdale.
Alexander-Arnold, Walker, James, Maguire, Stones, Conor Coady, Tyrone Mings, Chilwell, Shaw.
Rice, Phillips, Bellingham, Mount, Henderson, Ward-Prowse.
Kane, Foden, Sterling, Grealish, Abraham, Saka, Rashford.
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Southgate looks for ‘consistency’ with latest squad
When asked about his selection, Southgate said: “It’s always difficult because we’ve got so much competition for places and we had quite a few players missing last time, which means you bring others in, so you’ve got more decisions to make.
“Also some young players, who are playing well, haven’t quite made the squad. So we’ve kept a reasonable amount of consistency really with the group that was with us in the summer that did so well.
“There are players who are pushing the group really strongly.”
On the right-back position, he added: “We have fantastic competition for places [there]. Kyle was in the team of the tournament for the Euros. Kieran Trippier we haven’t picked this time to give an opportunity to Trent and Reece.
“Kieran has always been a good performer for us and played a huge role in us reaching a World Cup semi-final in 2018 and a European Championship final this year.
“He is a player we have a lot of respect for and I’m sure he will be back with us in the future.
“Reece and Trent are at a really good level. Tino Livramento has had a great start to the season, along with Tariq Lamptey and we have just seen Matty Cash go to Poland, but we have a lot of good right-backs in the squad and others pushing them.”