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England name 23-man squad for UEFA Nations League
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England name 23-man squad for UEFA Nations League

England manager Gareth Southgate has named his 23-man squad for their games against Spain and Switzerland

The Three Lions will begin their UEFA Nations League campaign at Wembley when they play Spain on September 8 before a showdown with Switzerland in Leicester three days later.

The surprise inclusion to the squad is Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, who has been recalled by Southgate after being left out of the World Cup selection in favour of club teammate Ashley Young – who misses out this time around.

Three other new faces have been included in Liverpool’s Joe Gomez, Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy

United defender Phil Jones and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope are out through injury, while Gary Cahill and Jamie Vardy announced their retirements from international football earlier this week.

England name 23-man squad for UEFA Nations League
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“With us only being three games into the season, I felt some continuity was important so those who were with us in the summer deserve the right to go again,” explained Southgate on the FA website.

“Others haven’t really had the opportunity to force themselves ahead of those guys.

“From here we have a two-year lead into the European Championships, so I want us to try and capture what we had this summer and why they felt it went well – but, once we’re through this camp, there’s going to be competition from others.

“People are going to have to play at a good level to retain their places.”

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Alex McCarthy

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, Luke Shaw, James Tarkowski, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Dele Ali, Eric Dier, Adam Lallana, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph

Attackers: Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Harry Kane

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