Bamford the Fresh Face in First Squad Since Euros

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Patrick Bamford, Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold have been named in the first England squad since their run to the final at Euro 2020. Bamford is the only player called up who has never featured in a senior England squad before. However, the Leeds United forward did earn six Young Lions caps for various age-groups between 2010 and 2014.

England play three World Cup qualifiers in September. A Wembley fixture against Andorra is sandwiched by testing away trips to Budapest and Warsaw to face Hungary and Poland respectively. The matches will take place on 2, 5 and 8 September.

No away fans are permitted at any European qualifiers this month, meaning England supporters are not permitted to attend the matches in Hungary and Poland. As it stands, there will also be no international football in September for players who would have been entering countries on the UK’s Red List. While that doesn’t impact England, it does mean the likes of Mohamed Salah and all Brazilian internationals in the Premier League will remain with their clubs, after Premier League clubs voted unanimously against Red List travel.

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In what is otherwise a largely unchanged squad from the European Championships, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope and Sam Johnstone are selected in goal. Pope’s knee injury kept him out of the final squad this summer, but he returns alongside two of England’s tournament keepers: Pickford and Johnstone.

Due to lack of recent game-time, Bens White and Chilwell do not feature in this squad. Trent Alexander-Arnold is included after recovering from the hamstring injury which kept him out of Gareth Southgate’s final Euros squad. The other other eight defensive inclusions all ‘travelled’ to the tournament. Full-backs Reece James, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw are joined by centre-backs Tyrone Mings, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Conor Coady.

England’s midfield is the same as it was in the summer, except Jesse Lingard makes it in having been cut from the preliminary Euros squad once it was shortened to the final 26. Lingard’s loan spell with West Ham United ended last season, so he is back at Manchester United searching for match minutes there in the hope of moving elsewhere for hiked game-time before the transfer window closes.

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Lingard comes in to join Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips and Mason Mount.

Despite goalscoring starts to the new season, trio Mason Greenwood, Danny Ings and uncapped Michail Antonio have all been overlooked. But in their place, the only first-time call-up introduced to the group is Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford. The 27-year-old is yet to score this term, but only Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Bruno Fernandes managed more than his 17 Premier League goals last season.

Kane is included having admitted defeat for now to Tottenham Hotspur’s chairman Daniel Levy as he tries to plot his way to Manchester City. Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton is the only other out-and-out goalscorer in the 25-man squad. England’s wide options are stellar even without the omitted Greenwood, injured Phil Foden, and Marcus Rashford, who is only just returning to club training following post-Euros surgery. Jack Grealish, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling should prove more-than-apt deputies.

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