Official: England Squad Announced For Upcoming Friendlies, Tarkowski And Mawson Among Raft Of New Faces

Chris Wright

15th, March 2018


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Gareth Southgate has announced his 27-man England squad for the upcoming dual friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy and, as expected, a raft of new faces have been included.

Burnley pair Nick Pope and James Tarkowski have both received their maiden England nods, as has Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson and Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook.

After playing his way back in from the cold at Arsenal, Jack Wilshere has also been handed his first call-up for two years.

Here’s the squad in full, presented in slightly confusing alphabetical order…

With Harry Kane crocked, Dominic Calvert-Lewin was hotly tipped for a first England call-up although with the seniority of Welbeck obviously preferred, the Everton youngster will have to make do with an Under-21 nod.

We know what you’re thinking: What does Glenn Murray have to do?

Anyway, while we appreciate opportunities being afforded to those who deserve them, Jordan Henderson and Welbeck are the most experienced outfield players in that squad (with 36 caps apiece) and goalkeeper Joe Hart is the only player with more (75).

Good job there’s not a major international tournament coming up on the horiz…

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  1. Archer says:

    Deja vu anyone?

    A bunch of hopefuls and half-decent players that hopelessly underperform in an England shirt.

    I’m with you – the alphabetical order looks all wrong…

    Back to the squad, anyhow:

    Hart? For chrissakes…
    Alli, Dier and Henderson aren’t exactly in form
    Stones, Maguire? Not convinced.

    Friendlies should be used to drop the out of form players to act as a kick up the ‘arris.

    To be fair, a half-decent team could be made out of that squad; trouble is that Southgate is not really a coach or tactician. He seems to just chuck 11 players on a field and then hope for the best.

    Come on England!

  2. sushrut.n says:

    How many of these players even get regular game time with their clubs?

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