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England squad announced ahead of World Cup qualifiers

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins is the shock inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

Villa striker Watkins, 25, got his first call-up for the World Cup qualifying treble header with Albania, San Marino and Poland.

There is also a recall for Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard who is on loan at West Ham and is a firm favourite of Southgate having played in the 2018 World Cup.

Southgate has named a 26 man squad and has also picked Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, 17, despite concerns about whether he will be able to report up.

Dortmund may block him if he has to undergo a quarantine period on his return to Germany after international duty.

Jesse Lingard has impressed since joining West Ham on loan

There are also recalls for John Stones and Luke Shaw who had been in the international wilderness but are back in favour.

But no place for Leeds striker Patrick Bamford who had hopes to be in as Watkins got the edge.

England manager Gareth Southgate has made some brave calls within his squad
England manager Gareth Southgate has made some brave calls within his squad

Also a notable absentee in Liverpool right back Trent Alexander Arnold.

There is a call-up for West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone after it was announced first choice Jordan Pickford was missing through injury.

Southgate will talk to the media at 2pm but is already without big names like Jordan Henderson, Jack Grealish and James Maddison while his Leicester team mate Harvey Barnes is out.

He said: “Both Ollie and Patrick’s goals records have been good. We like the personalities of both. We like Ollie’s pressing, speed & runs in behind. For his first season in the Premier League at a big club, he’s done exceptionally well.”

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Goalkeepers: Nick Pope (Burnley), Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (WBA)

Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Man Utd), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), John Stones (Man City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Man City)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund). Phil Foden (Man City), Jesse Lingard (West Ham, on loan from Man Utd), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)




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