Manchester United Fullback is the headline name in the England squad announced by Gareth Southgate this afternoon. Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy has been called up to the England squad for the first time. The 23 man squad for the Nations League (Come back Wednesday for more on that) also features recalls for Adam Lallana and James Tarkowski who were both on standby for the World Cup in Russia this summer. Though Lallana’s selection is sure to turn heads and he has barely featured for Liverpool this season. Liverpool defender Joe Gomez also makes his way back into the squad.
Southgate had said earlier this week that he was planning to keep faith with the World Cup squad that did so well. Many of the younger players who were on the fringes of the team have yet to stake a claim such as Dortmund youngster Jadon Sancho . Left-back does seem to be an area of weakness at the moment, with Shaw, Ryan Bertrand, Aaron Cresswell and Ben Chilwell the likely candidates with Ashley Young and Leighton Baines ageing. Could Ryan Sessegnon be an option in a deeper role in the future?
Our Thoughts: You can’t really complain about Southgate wanting to stick with the players who performed well in the World Cup. The squad as young and you can see Gareth wants to keep going in the direction, Alex McCarthy is a decent keeper but England aren’t exactly blessed in that position at the moment. The Nations League should be a good test against quality opposition for a young team. The lack of striking options does look like a cause for concern should Kane pick up a knock.
Goalkeepers: Alex McCarthy, Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, Luke Shaw, John Stones, James Tarkowski, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Fabian Delph, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Raheem Sterling
Strikers: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck