Roy Hodgson names squad for September fixtures

Sunday 30 Aug 2015
England celebrate victory against Slovenia in June

Roy Hodgson has named his squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland.

Among the 22-man group is Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who will be hoping to add to his solo cap, which was earned in 2012 against San Marino.

There is also a return for Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, who last featured for the senior side in their 3-1 victory against Scotland in November 2014.

San Marino v England

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier
5pm, Saturday 5 September 2015
San Marino Stadium, Serravalle
Live on ITV

And following his impressive performances for Stoke City this season, former Under-21s captain Jack Butland is back with Hodgson's group.

The only uncapped member of the group is Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton – although he was part of the squad for the June fixtures against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia.

The Three Lions take on San Marino in Serravalle on Saturday 5 September, before returning home to Wembley Stadium to take on Switzerland three days later.

As well as the carrot of maintaining their 100 per cent record – following six victories from six – Hodgson's side could seal qualification for France during in the forthcoming double-header.

Jonjo Shelvey was last in action for England in October 2013

Manchester United are best represented, with four players in the squad that will report to St. George's Park on Tuesday.

Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton each have three – while Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have two representatives within the group.

England v Switzerland

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier
7.45pm, Tuesday 8 September 2015
Wembley Stadium Connected by EE
Live on ITV
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Stoke City, Burnley, Leicester City, Chelsea and Swansea City all have one player in the squad to make up Hodgson's 22.

And captain Wayne Rooney will be viewing the fixtures as the ideal opportunity to become the first Englishman to score a half-century of goals for his country.

Currently on 48, and just one behind Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time record, the Manchester United forward will go into the games knowing he is on the brink of history.

With 48 strikes Wayne Rooney is just one goal short of Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time record

Commenting on the announcement, England manager Roy Hodgson said: "On this occasion we are obviously missing some players from the June matches. However this is compensated by the fact we have players who weren't available over the summer.

"Jonjo Shelvey gets another chance as he has been very impressive since the start of the season whilst Ryan Mason has been unlucky with us - he picked up an injury the last time he was in the England squad.

"This latest squad shows we are working with a good number of players with a claim to be England regulars and secure a place in Euro 2016.

"Before that there are two matches we must focus on. The players must keep going, play well and look to win every match. I don't want any let up and we want to win both these games."

The squad

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Tom Heaton (Burnley).

Defenders: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Phil Jagielka (Everton).

Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), James Milner (Liverpool), Ross Barkley (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Fabian Delph (Manchester City).

Forwards: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

By Jamie Reid Senior Writer