Watford, Everton & England
Just a few weeks after the launch of the new seasons across Europe, club football is about to take another break.
That’s because the start of September is always fixed in the calendar for international football.
England have two 2018 World Cup qualifiers in the pipeline in the next few weeks. First up is an away trip to Malta, followed by a home match to Slovakia at Wembley.
England are looking good in the race for a place at Russia 2018.
The Three Lions have four wins and two draws from their six qualifiers. They are top of the group, two points clear of Slovakia.
With qualification in sight, the Sunday Times report that Watford and Everton stars are in line for England call-ups.
Nathaniel Chalobah & Wayne Rooney
Readers are told the following:
22-year-old (Chalobah), who has 97 caps across various youth levels, is a favourite of Southgate’s from his England Under-21 days and has come into the reckoning after a strong start to his Watford career, after a £5.7m move from Chelsea.
Wayne Rooney is also under consideration for a place in Southgate’s squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Malta and Slovakia, though any decision on whether to include the Everton player is more delicate.
One player tipped to be omitted from the England squad is Man City midfielder Raheem Sterling.
Sterling has failed to assert himself as a starter for Man City so far this season.