England boss Gareth Southagte has announced a 25-man squad for the Three Lions’ two upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo. It will be the first time England take to the field since their Nations League disappointment over the summer, and Southgate has made a few changes, with several players impressing in the opening weeks of the new season. We’ve taken a look at all 25 inclusions below, breaking down each position.
Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford
Pickford has been England’s number one for some time, so no surprises seeing him in the squad.
Goalkeeper: Nick Pope
Burnley’s Pope has finally recovered from a long-term injury and has begun the campaign as the Clarets’ first choice. He returns to the squad.
Goalkeeper: Tom Heaton
Former Burnley goalkeeper Heaton completed a summer move to Aston Villa and his impressive start to the season sees him earn a call-up.
Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Alexander-Arnold was brilliant in England’s third-place playoff against Switzerland over the summer, so no surprise to see the Liverpool man included yet again.
Defender: Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Wan-Bisska has earnt his first senior call-up after impressing following his big-money move to Manchester United.
Defender: Kieran Trippier
Trippier left Tottenham for Atletico Madrid in the summer and his impressive start to life in Spain means he gets the nod from Southgate.
Defender: Michael Keane
Keane has been in and around the England squad following the World Cup last summer and he could make another Three Lions appearance next month after being named in the 25.
Defender: Harry Maguire
Maguire has impressed at Old Trafford since completing his big-money move from Leicester City and was another obvious inclusion in the squad.
Defender: Joe Gomez
Liverpool’s Gomez has is another defender to make the squad. He was also part of the squad in the summer.
Defender: Tyrone Mings
Aston Villa’s Mings has enjoyed a brilliant six months. He’s helped Villa back into the Premier League and has now earned his first senior call-up to the England squad.
Defender: Ben Chilwell
Left-back Chilwell is in despite missing the last three games for Leicester City through injury.
Defender: Danny Rose
With Luke Shaw out injured, Tottenham left-back Rose also gets the nod from Southgate.
Midfielder: Jordan Henderson
Henderson has been an ever-present figure in midfield for both club and country and could play a key role in the upcoming qualifiers.
Midfielder: Harry Winks
Winks has quietly gone about his business over the past 12 months and gets the nod from Southgate after a solid start to the season.
Midfielder: Declan Rice
West Ham’s defensive midfielder Rice was part of the England squad for the Nations League over the summer, and he’s once again made the cut for the upcoming qualifiers.
Midfielder: James Maddison
Maddison finally earns his first senior call-up after an excellent 12 months in the Premier League. The 22-year-old has been tipped by many to become a future England star.
Midfielder: Mason Mount
After an impressive season on loan at Derby County which saw him earn his first senior call-up, Chelsea midfielder Mount makes the squad again after excelling under Frank Lampard in the Premier League.
Midfielder: Ross Barkley
Another Chelsea inclusion is Barkley, who featured in England’s Nations League semi-final loss to the Netherlands. Southgate appears to be a big fan of the 25-year-old.
Midfielder: Jesse Lingard
Lingard thought he won it late on against the Netherlands over the summer before VAR intervened. The Manchester United attacking midfielder is the final midfielder in the squad.
Midfielder: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
The Liverpool midfielder has recently returned to the first-team fold following a lengthy injury and has done enough to impress Southgate in his four appearances for the Reds this season.
Forward: Harry Kane
England captain Kane was always going to make the squad. He’s netted twice in three Premier League games so far.
Forward: Marcus Rashford
Rashford will be looking to rival Kane for a central role, however, he may well be used out wide after being named in the 25.
Forward: Raheem Sterling
Sterling is now looked at as one of England’s main men. He’s already netted five times in the Premier League this season as he continues to improve under Pep Guardiola.
Forward: Jadon Sancho
Sancho has scored in both of Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga fixtures this season, and after making his senior England debut last year, has been included in the squad yet again.
Forward: Callum Wilson
Even though he has failed to open his account for Bournemouth this season, Southgate has continued to place his trust in Wilson.