England name squad for Spain and Switzerland games

England name squad for Spain and Switzerland games

England name squad for Spain and Switzerland games

He's shown an extra edge to his game in the last couple of games.

Southgate's side host Spain at Wembley in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday September 8 and welcome Switzerland to the King Power Stadium for a friendly three days later. "People are going to have to play at a good level to retain their places".

However, midfielders Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek haven't played for Manchester City or Chelsea, respectively, this season while goalkeeper Jack Butland is now playing in the second-tier League Championship with Stoke.

Regarding the ageing trio of Young, Cahill and Vardy, Southgate said their global careers were not necessarily over, but with the European Championships two years away he wanted to change the profile of the squad.

"It's an area where we'd like more competition".

The England global, who has been called up to the Three Lions' squad for next month's double-header of fixtures, is out of contract at the end of this year.

"Joe is somebody who we know about", he said.

"We're aware of the excitement around some other young players but we think it's a bit early for them".

Gareth Southgate has selected a 23-man squad for England's September fixtures.

It is a sign of Southgate's regard for Liverpool's Adam Lallana that he gets a surprise recall despite being marginalised at Liverpool and not having made a start in the Premier League so far this season.

The 31-year-old believes the time is right for younger players to be given an extended opportunity, although he could still add to his 26 caps in the event of an injury crisis.

The selection of his Liverpool team-mate Joe Gomez comes as no surprise given his form alongside Virgil van Dijk in a defence that has yet to concede a Premier League goal this season.

Southgate is unable to call upon Gary Cahill or Jamie Vardy after both men removed themselves from England consideration this week to focus on their club careers, though neither has categorically ruled out making a return to global football in future.

Joe Gomez, who would have gone to the World Cup but for injury, is also back with Phil Jones injured.

Southgate has kept the faith in the core of his team that exceeded expectations at the 2018 FIFA World Cup by reaching the last-four.

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