England Announce Squad For WC Qualifiers, Snub Five Stars
England Announce Squad For 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Snub Five Stars
England boss Gareth Southgate has announced his squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and made some interesting inclusions while five former Three Lions players were surprisingly snubbed.
Click through the gallery above to see which England players were not called up for their national team's latest squad.
Southgate has revealed his first squad after Wayne Rooney announced his retirement this week, and included the likes of Harry Maguire, Nathaniel Chalobah and young Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Meanwhile, out-of-form players such as Theo Walcott and Luke Shaw, among others, were omitted from the squad.
The 1966 FIFA World Cup champions, who currently lead their qualification group, will face bottom-placed Malta and then second-placed Slovakia four days later.
Here is England's complete squad, as announced by the FA's official Twitter account:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham United – on-loan from Manchester City), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford), Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
Forwards: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Jermain Defoe (AFC Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
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