England manager who just had a contract extension has called up new players as he attempts to rejuvenate his squad and also deal with injury crises. On Thursday, he gave first time call up for Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and James Maddison while recalling Ross Barkley, Harry Winks and Nathaniel Chalobah for the forthcoming Nations League qualifiers away to Croatia and Spain.
He is deprived of players like Jesse Lingard, Adam Lallana, Fabian Delph and Dele Alli; all nursing one injury or the other.
According to Telegraph in UK, the England manager has dropped Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek but included his club team-mate Mount who has impressed on loan at Championship club Derby County.
It had been thought he and Sancho would be included in the England Under-21s but Southgate has boldly decided to select them for the senior squad.
Maddison has extremely well since his move to Leicester City in the summer and is also included while Southgate always planned to select Chalobah – who would have gone to the last World Cup had he been fit – even though he has not featured regularly for his club, Watford, yet.
England squad to face Spain and Croatia
Goalkeepers : Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Alex McCarthy, (Southampton) and Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) and Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders : Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (on loan at Derby County from Chelsea) and Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)
Forwards : Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), James Maddison (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) and Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)