Gareth Southgate picks squad for Malta & Slovakia qualifiers

Thursday 24 Aug 2017
Gareth Southgate will start working with the group from Sunday

Gareth Southgate has selected 28 players for England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.

There are two new faces included. Nathaniel Chalobah – England’s most-capped youth international – is named in the senior squad for the first time, while Harry Maguire is included after impressing since his summer move to Leicester City.

Uncapped Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford also steps up from the Under-21 squad.

Danny Welbeck returns to the fray having not appeared since the 3-2 win over Germany in March 2016, but Adam Lallana – scorer of England's winner in Slovakia last September – misses out due to injury.

The Three Lions are due to link up at St. George’s Park on Sunday before traveling to face Malta on Friday 1 September.

Then, on Monday 4 September, comes a crucial game at Wembley Stadium against Slovakia, who are currently two points behind England at the top of Group F.

England squad to face Malta & Slovakia: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United), Jermain Defoe (AFC Bournemouth), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Joe Hart (West Ham United, on loan from Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Michael Keane (Everton), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), John Stones (Manchester City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

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By Jim Lucas