England call-ups for Harry Maguire, Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood and Kalvin Phillips
Harry Maguire has been included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for next month’s Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark.
There are first call-ups for Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood and Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
Maguire’s trial is under way for an alleged incident with Greek police last week. He has pleaded not guilty.
Forward Danny Ings and goalkeeper Dean Henderson are also in the squad.
Southampton’s Ings, who has been capped once before, scored 22 Premier League goals last season, one behind Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy. Uncapped Manchester United keeper Henderson spent last term on loan at Sheffield United and helped them finish ninth in their first season back in the top flight.
Captain Harry Kane has been selected despite the Tottenham striker having been in quarantine following a trip to the Bahamas.
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On selecting 27-year-old Manchester United captain Maguire, Southgate said: “I have spoken with Harry and have the insight to the story which is very different to what’s being reported.
“I have no reason to doubt what he’s telling me and it’s important he knows he’s got my support at this moment.
“Harry regrets the fact he has brought that sort of focus and attention to the team – he apologised for that – but also has his own side of the story.”
Midfielder Jack Grealish, who helped Aston Villa retain their Premier League status last season, has not been included in the 24-man squad.
Forward Raheem Sterling has been picked while his Manchester City team-mate Kyle Walker has earned a recall.
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Leicester duo Ben Chilwell and James Maddison miss out through injury.
England face their Euro 2016 conquerors Iceland in Reykjavik on 5 September before playing Denmark in Copenhagen three days later.
The disruption caused to the football calendar by coronavirus, including Euro 2020 being delayed by a year until 2021, means England have not played since November 2019, when a 4-0 win in Kosovo concluded their Euro 2020 qualification campaign.
Trio rewarded for impressive seasons despite disruption
Foden, 20, has earned his senior England call-up after impressing for Manchester City last season under Pep Guardiola, playing 38 games in all competitions and scoring eight goals.
Greenwood, 18, burst on to the scene last season, scoring 17 goals. That is a joint record for a teenager in a season for Manchester United, alongside George Best, Brian Kidd and Wayne Rooney.
Defensive midfielder Phillips, 24, caught the eye in helping Leeds win promotion to the Premier League after 16 years in the second or third tiers.
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Southgate added: “You are always questioning with those young players when is the right time to move them up, we felt now is a good time.
“We are a year away from a European Championship and let’s see if they can start to break into that team, that squad.
“It gives us great competition for places, they are realistic challenges.”
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Eric Dier, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, Harry Winks
Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Mason Greenwood, Danny Ings, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling
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