England name squad for Spain and Switzerland games


In the build up to the squad's announcement, both Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill all-but announced their retirements from worldwide football to focus on their club careers.

The Manchester United defender Phil Jones has missed out through injury after limping away from Monday's defeat by Spurs.

Gareth Southgate admitted the pool of England players available for selection is dwindling as Premier League clubs continue to overlook their young stars.

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez returns to the squad after missing out on the World Cup due to injury, while teammate Adam Lallana and Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski are also included, having been on the standby list for Russian Federation.

Just a year ago, England's Under-20 and Under-17s both won their World Cups and the gaffer, who took England to their best World Cup performance since 1990, says the "talent is there".

After a relatively successful World Cup campaign, Southgate's side were ranked sixth in the latest FIFA Rankings - their highest position since 2014.

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"With us only being three games into the season, I felt some continuity was important so those who were with us in the summer deserve the right to go again".

Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has also earned a first call-up with Joe Gomez and James Tarkowski returning for the UEFA Nations League game at Wembley against Spain on September 8 and friendly in Leicester with Switzerland three days later. Others haven't really had the opportunity to force themselves ahead of those guys.

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. We also won't stand still.

"I want us to try to capture what we had this summer", said Southgate. I recognise that, when you're travelling with England and not playing for a fair bit of time, that's a different sort of role.

"I'm just a little sad about his decision because for fans of the national team it was a fantastic feeling to see him playing".

"We had some mature conversations with Jamie Vardy, Gary Cahill and Ashley Young in terms of the desire to look at younger players".