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Official: Gareth Southgate names his England squad for upcoming Nations League games against Germany and Italy

The 28 man squad is the last one before the World Cup

Ivan Toney has received his first England call up as a reward for his fine form amid several changes made to Gareth Southgate’s final England squad before he chooses the side to board the plane to Qatar in November.

The Three Lions face Italy and Germany in the September international break, with Southgate’s side needing points from both games to avoid being relegated from the top tier of the Nations League.

And Toney could be the man to help, with the Brentford man having made a fine start to the season, notching 5 goals and 2 assists in his six outings so far. Also back is Eric Dier, with the 28-year-old having been out of the Three Lions squad since 2021, though he was a part of the World Cup semi-final side in 2018.

There is no similar return for Marcus Rashford however, whose recall was scuppered by an injury suffered against Arsenal in Manchester United’s last Premier League game, while neither Ben White nor Emile Smith Rowe have been called up to represent England from Mikel Arteta’s side, though Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale keep their places.

Similarly, Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford miss out through injury, while James Justin and Tyrick Mitchell have both been dropped now that Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell have recovered.

The Squad in full:

Goalkeepers:

Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), Nick Pope (Newcastle United), Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest)

Defenders:

Midfielders:

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Mason Mount (Chelsea)

Forwards:

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Tammy Abraham (Roma)

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