England men's squad announced for upcoming UEFA Nations League games

Tuesday 25 Aug 2020
Gareth Southgate has handed three players their first-ever call-ups to the senior men's squad

Gareth Southgate has named a 24-man squad for England’s upcoming UEFA Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark.

The selection, which is Southgate’s first since November 2019, sees three players given their maiden call-ups to the senior team.

England's September fixtures

Iceland v England
5pm BST, Saturday 5 September

Denmark v England
7.45pm BST, Tuesday 8 September

Both matches live on Sky Sports

Kalvin Phillips, who won promotion from the Championship with Leeds United this year, is included among the midfielders, as is Manchester City’s Phil Foden. 18-year-old Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood is also selected.

Southampton’s Danny Ings, who was the joint-second highest scorer in the 2019-20 Premier League campaign, is recalled for the first time since he made his senior debut in a victory over Lithuania five years ago.

Eric Dier and Kyle Walker are recalled having been missing from the squad since the 2019 UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal, while James Ward-Prowse – uncapped since last March – also returns.

Greenwood and Foden both step up from the Under-21 squad

Southgate's side have been out of action since beating Montenegro and Kosovo last November, when they secured qualification for the now-rescheduled UEFA EURO 2020.

The outbreak of COVID-19 forced March friendlies against Italy and Denmark to be cancelled, as well as pre-tournament games against Romania and Austria.

In June UEFA gave the green light for the Nations League to go ahead, with England looking to build on 2019's third-place finish in the inaugural year of the tournament.

The Three Lions are in group A2 of the 2020-21 competition, with Belgium – FIFA's number-one-ranked international team – completing the quartet of sides playing each-other home and away over a three-month period.

The group winner will join the other table-toppers from league A in the Nations League finals, which will be held at some point in 2021.

England travel to face Iceland in Reykjavik on Saturday 5 September at 5pm BST and then head to Copenhagen to face Denmark at 7.45pm BST on Tuesday 8 September. Both matches are live in the UK on Sky Sports.

England squad to face Iceland and Denmark:

Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers)**, Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Danny Ings (Southampton), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Manchester United)*, Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal)**, Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)

*Withdrawn on Tuesday 25 August
**Added on Saturday 29 August

By Jim Lucas