Southgate named a 28-man squad on Thursday for the Nations League matches against Italy and Germany later this month, which included Brentford’s first call-up. Evan Tony Chelsea defender summoned Ben Chilwell and Tottenham Hotspur Eric Dyer.
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Manchester United Harry Maguire keep his place and Look Show Although both have found themselves sidelined under Eric ten Hag at Old Trafford, other United players omitted have shown signs of rediscovering their best in recent weeks.
Rashford was already suspicious of a groin problem, but Sancho is available and was hoping to return to the first setup after an improvement in form that saw goals against Liverpool and Leicester City.
Sancho’s last call-up came in October 2021, while Rashford has been ignored since November last year.
“This is a bigger team than usual and part of the rationale is that we are very close to the World Cup and we feel that, although our results were disappointing in the summer, we chose on the basis of form and ability over a long period of time,” Southgate said in a statement.
“There were some players that we wanted to keep playing this time around, but that doesn’t mean that this is the end of some of the other players who aren’t involved. Marcus Rashford, for example, has shown some encouraging signs recently. He’s a player we know very well, so if He could perform at a high level in the next few weeks, he would of course be under study.
“Obviously we have a number of players including Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Calvin Phillips who don’t play a lot of minutes for their club. It’s not perfect, but we feel that they were, and could be, important players to us. It’s not ideal but it’s not. There is still a lot of football to be played before Qatar.”
Shu is a doubt about fitness with a foot problem, while Kyle Walker He was also selected despite Manchester City not winning the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund due to a muscle problem.
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford Misses with a groin problem and replaces it Dean Hendersonwho succeeded in Nottingham Forest on loan from United, while Chilwell returned to the group for the first time since November 2021 after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in the knee that kept him out of action for most of last season.
Dier last appeared for England in November 2020 and has not been selected for a squad since March last year, but the 28-year-old has started the season encouraging fashion at Tottenham under Antonio Conte.
“With Eric Dier, he’s been playing really well for a while,” Southgate added. “We think it’s a really close call between our central defender and he deserved to be named again in the group. We know what a good character he is. He fits in with the culture, has great international experience and leadership qualities.
“With Evan Toni, we’ve been tracking him for a long time. I had a good chat with Thomas Frank about him last season. His form and qualities – not just his goalscoring but his technical ability, his sophisticated playing and aerial prowess – give us a different threat to some of the other players we could pick.
“Reflecting on the last couple of months, obviously as an international coach you don’t have a match to quickly put disappointment behind. We’ve had a long time to think but now we’re really looking forward to two high-quality matches that will be a great test for us and a crucial part of our World Cup preparation. Eight weeks into our team’s selection of Qatar, so every minute counts.”
Missed players will stumble upon their place in the finals in Qatar with just over two months to go until England’s first game against Iran on November 21.
FIFA rules allow countries to select an expanded pool of 26 players for the finals to give coaches an opportunity for additional contingency planning in the event a player tests positive for COVID-19. Southgate is expected to name his team for the finals on November 14.
Southgate also said he did not want to hold a press conference after the announcement as a sign of respect for the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
“We realize that the country is still in a period of mourning and my thoughts remain with the royal family,” he said. “While it is important to explain some of our decisions about selection, we did not feel it appropriate to hold a full press conference, as this might divert attention from where people’s minds should be at this time.”
Defenders: Trent Alexander Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Cody (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Mark Joyehy (Crystal Palace) , Rhys James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (city of Manchester) Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle) Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Attackers: Tammy Abraham (Rome) , Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Phil Foden (city of Manchester) Jack Grealish (city of Manchester) Harry King (spurs), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea) Evan Toney (Brentford)