England: Fikayo Tomori, Ollie Watkins and Aaron Ramsdale named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for World Cup qualifiers

Fikayo Tomori (left), Ollie Watkins (centre) and Aaron Ramsdale (proper) all return to the England squad

England boss Gareth Southgate has recalled defender Fikayo Tomori, striker Ollie Watkins and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to his squad for World Cup qualifiers in opposition to Andorra and Hungary.

Manchester Metropolis midfielder Phil Foden additionally returns after a foot damage.

Defender Harry Maguire and right-back Trent-Alexander Arnold are out injured.

England journey to Andorra on Saturday, 9 October and host Hungary on Tuesday, 12 October.

The Three Lions are high of Group I heading into the penultimate worldwide camp of the yr with 16 factors from six video games.

Tomori kind impresses Southgate

Fikayo Tomori (right)
Tomori (proper) had a profitable mortgage spell at AC Milan final season earlier than becoming a member of completely in the summertime

Centre-back Tomori, who moved from Chelsea to AC Milan in the summertime, final performed for England in November 2019 when he earned his solely worldwide cap.

The 23-year-old had a profitable spell on mortgage on the Italian facet in direction of the tip of final season earlier than making the transfer everlasting and has been a key participant for the membership.

“He is taking part in at a membership the place there’s an expectation to win each week, so he is performing beneath strain,” stated Southgate.

“I like Fikayo by way of his aggressiveness as a defender. As a result of he is acquired velocity he is assured sufficient to defend on the entrance foot and his use of the ball is bettering on a regular basis.”

Manchester United’s Maguire has a calf damage and Liverpool full-back Alexander-Arnold has a groin challenge.

Aston Villa striker Watkins makes his return for the primary time since being minimize from Southgate’s provisional Euro 2020 squad in the summertime.

First cap in Ramsdale’s sights

Arsenal goalkeeper Ramsdale was a part of the facet which reached the ultimate of that event after being drafted in following an damage to Dean Henderson however remains to be ready to earn his first England cap. He returns instead of Burnley’s Nick Pope.

“Aaron was with us all summer time and we had the chance to work with him for a very long time and get to know his strengths,” Southgate added

“Nick [Pope] remains to be I believe getting back from damage somewhat bit, however I believe Aaron is simply in a greater vein of kind in the intervening time.

“From Aaron’s perspective, the transfer to an even bigger membership with increased expectations and a method of play the place he’s requested to construct along with his toes from the again, he is coping very well.”

Bellingham and Greenwood miss out

Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood haven’t been included, regardless of being in good kind at membership degree.

“I’ve spoken to each of them,” stated Southgate.

“Jude in the intervening time is taking part in a excessive degree of matches with Champions League video games, league video games.

“As an 18-year-old he had a full season final season after which into the Euros with no break. Now we have to recollect these lads are nonetheless bodily rising, so after we speak about younger participant improvement we now have to be actually cautious in how we deal with them.

“These are two gamers we predict could be actually thrilling for England’s future. We do not need to overload them, we need to make certain we’re making the correct selections with them.”

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