Fikayo Tomori, Ollie Watkins and Aaron Ramsdale have returned to the England team for the October World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.
Tomori made his only appearance in England so far in November 2019, but has impressed since moving from Chelsea to AC Milan.
Aston Villa forward Watkins has not been involved since he was eliminated from the Euro 2020 provisional squad, and Arsenal goalkeeper Ramsdale, who did not participate, entered the group that reached the final after injury. by Dean Henderson.
Manchester City’s Phil Foden is also returning from a foot injury, while Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is included despite limping during his team’s Premier League loss to Villa last weekend.
However, Harry Maguire and Trent Alexander-Arnold have been forced to miss out on this opportunity. Manchester United captain Maguire faces “a few weeks” on the sidelines with a calf problem, while Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold suffered a groin injury in training earlier this week. .
Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood has been out again despite scoring in his team’s first three Premier League games of the season.
The forward has a senior cap but was left out of the September squad, and Southgate said the 19-year-old was “in his thoughts.”
There’s also no room for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham or Leeds striker Patrick Bamford.
Bamford was listed as the only new face for September’s internationals, but struggled on his debut and has only scored one goal in six club appearances this season.
The home game against Hungary will be exciting with tributes to both Jimmy Greaves and his 1966 World Cup winner colleague Roger Hunt, and the Football Association (FA) will finalize plans on how the two players will be remembered.
Southgate: Tomori acting under pressure
Tomori has played eight times for AC Milan in all competitions this season and England manager Gareth Southgate has been impressed with the way the 23-year-old has adjusted to life in Italy.
“I thought last season ended well,” he said. “He is playing for a club where there is an expectation of winning every week, so he is performing under pressure.”
“I like Fikayo in terms of his aggressiveness as a defender. Because he has speed, he is confident enough to defend with his front foot and his ball use is improving all the time.”
Ramsdale is another player who has taken a step forward at the club level following his move to Arsenal this summer.
“Aaron was with us all summer and we had the opportunity to work with him for a long time and understand his strengths,” Southgate said.
“I think Nick (Pope) is still coming back a little bit from injury, but I think Aaron is in better shape right now.
“From Aaron’s perspective, the move to a bigger club with higher expectations and a style of play where he’s asked to build with his feet from behind, he’s coping really well.
“I think that is an important factor for us when we watch the most important games, to have a goalkeeper who has adapted really well to a play and is full of confidence.”
‘Greenwood, Bellingham must be handled with care’
Greenwood and Bellingham are absent despite recent strong performances at the club level, and Southgate says the teen workload needs to be handled with care.
“They do not come as a couple, but both are in similar situations, they are young players with a great workload at the moment,” he said. “I’ve talked to both of them. Jude right now is playing a high level of matches with Champions League matches, league matches.
“When he was 18, he had a full season last season and then he made it to the Euro relentlessly. We have to remember that these guys are still growing physically, so when we talk about developing young players we have to be very careful about how they we drive.
“These are two players that we think can be really exciting for the future of England. We don’t want to overload them, we want to make sure we are making the right decisions with them.”
England 25 Player Squad
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale
Defenders: Conor Coady, Reece James, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Fikayo Tomori, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Phil Foden, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice
Forward: Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Ollie Watkins