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Gareth Southgate names squad for England World Cup qualifiers

Interim England boss Gareth Southgate has named the Manchester United pair Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford in his first squad.

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Stoke’s Glen Johnson and Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand are also in the squad for the World Cup Qualifiers at home to Malta (October 8) and in Slovenia (October 11).

Full-back Johnson returns to the squad for the first time since the 2014 World Cup while attacking midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain is on song again after injury and returns to the fold after a year’s absence.

Liverpool duo Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne miss out after picking up injuries during Saturday’s 2-1 win at Swansea, and Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater is also unavailable.

Rashford was a surprising omission from Sam Allardyce’s first squad, after impressing at Euro 2016, and went on to score a brilliant hat-trick for Southgate’s U21 side against Norway.

With Harry Kane out injured, Rashford could well get a chance to impress in the upcoming qualifiers and he is joined by club mate Lingard, who was in the squad for a 2015 friendly against France but remains uncapped.


England squad

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Torino, on loan from Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Stoke), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Michail Antonio (West Ham), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Dele Alli (Tottenham)

Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

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