England Squad For Spain & Switzerland Announced: Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana & James Tarkowski All Earn Recalls

Chris Wright

30th, August 2018

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Gareth Southgate has cobbled together his first post-World Cup squad for England’s upcoming matches against Spain and Switzerland.

The big(ish) news is that Luke Shaw has earned his first nod since March 2017 after knuckling down over the summer and winning his place back at Manchester United as a result.

Elsewhere it’s largely business as usual, though Adam Lallana, Joe Gomez and James Tarkowski are back in after missing out on the World Cup, while Ashley Young is dropped despite featuring in five of England’s seven games out in Russia.

Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill both effectively retired from international football earlier this week, though Young reportedly has no such intention. Instead he has simply been moved aside to allow Shaw to have a proper crack at the left-back spot.

To address a very minor goalkeeping crisis (Nick Pope is injured), Southampton stopper Alex McCarthy has been tucked in as a third-choice.

The England squad in full…

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Alex McCarthy (Southampton)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Fabian Delph (Man City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester City) Danny Rose (Tottenham), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Man City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Man City)

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

Southgate’s team will kick off their inaugural UEFA Nations League qualifying campaign against Spain at Wembley on 8th September before following up with a friendly against the Swiss at Leicester’s King Power Stadium the following Tuesday evening.

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