The English tactician has kept almost all of the group that allowed him to reach the Euro final last summer, losing at home against Italy on penalties. The only new face is that of striker Ivan Toney, rewarded for his good start to the season with Brentford (five goals in seven Premier League games) and who will make his selection debut.
Manchester United defenders Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw retain their place in the national team, despite no longer being part of Erik ten Hag’s starting XI. « Admittedly, we have a number of players, including Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Kalvin Phillips, who don’t have a lot of club playing time, but they have been and can still be important players for us. “, justified Southgate in a press conference.
Two other Mancunians, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, remain on the sidelines of the English selection. Rashford, handicapped by injuries, has not been called up since last season; Sancho, he lost his place in the device of Southgate.
The England team will also not be able to count on Jordan Pickford, the number 1 goalkeeper, injured in the thigh.
These two Nations League matches, September 23 in Italy and September 26 against Germany, are for the English coach « an essential component of our preparation for the World Cup ». Southgate is due to reveal its final roster for the major event in world football, which begins on November 20 in Qatar, in eight weeks.
The two immediate meetings in the League of Nations are also an opportunity for the « Three Lions » to restore their image tarnished by their catastrophic start to the competition, with only two points in four games.
The full list of 28 players:
Goalkeepers (3): Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest / ENG), Nick Pope (Newcastle / ENG), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal / ENG)
Defenders (12): Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool / ENG), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea / ENG), Reece James (Chelsea / ENG), Harry Maguire (Manchester United / ENG), Luke Shaw (Manchester United / ENG), Eric Dier (Tottenham/ENG), John Stones (Manchester City/ENG), Kyle Walker (Manchester City/ENG), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan/ITA), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle/ENG), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace/ENG) , Conor Coady (Everton/ENG)
Midfielders (5): Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Mason Mount (Chelsea/ENG), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City/ENG), Declan Rice (West Ham/ENG), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton/ENG)
Forwards (8): Tammy Abraham (Roma/ITA), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham/ENG), Phil Foden (Manchester City/ENG), Jack Grealish (Manchester City/ENG), Harry Kane (Tottenham/ENG), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal/ENG), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea/ENG), Ivan Toney (Brentford/ENG)