England squad announced as Southgate makes shock ommision and Arsenal star set for debut

The England boss has made some big calls

Gareth Southgate has overlooked Raheem Sterling for the latest England squad, but has handed a first senior call up to Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.

The Chelsea forward was expected to be a shoo-in after a blistering start to the 2023-24 season with the Blues, but has been left out of the 26-man squad in favour of Crystal Palace attacker Eberechi Eze.

Meanwhile, there is a first call up for U21 record goalscorer Eddie Nketiah, who has scored twice in three games for Arsenal this season.

The England boss was naming his Three Lions squad for the upcoming clashes with Ukraine and Scotland, with England facing the Eastern European side in a bid to continue their 100% record in EURO2024 qualifying before a friendly against the Scots.

Currently top of the group with four wins from four, a win will take England a step closer to a spot in next summer’s tournament, and Southgate has opted for experience over form in his side.

Despite saying in June that Harry Maguire could not rely on his England place without playing regular football, the Manchester United outcast is included once more in Southgate’s squad, with injuries to Tyrone Mings and John Stones reducing his options for experienced defenders.

Maguire opted to stay at Manchester United this summer despite the interest of West Ham United, and now seemingly faces an uphill battle to be in the Three Lions squad for the European Championships next summer.

Defensive issues have handed Levi Colwill a chance to impress, with the Chelsea defender set to shake off an injury picked up against Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup second round on Wednesday night to take part in the upcoming Three Lions games.

Also named in the squad is Jordan Henderson, who completed a controversial move to Saudi Arabia over the summer.

Gareth Southgate’s England squad in full

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale, Sam Johnstone

Defenders: Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, Levi Colwill, Marc Guehi, Lewis Dunk, Fikayo Tomori, Ben Chilwell

Midfielders: Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Jude Bellingham, Kalvin Phillips, James Maddison, Conor Gallagher

Forwards: Harry Kane, Callum Wilson, Eddie Nketiah, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Eberechi Eze

England face Ukraine on September 9th before a game against Scotland at Hampden Park on Tuesday September 12th.

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