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Southgate names England squad for March friendly fixtures

Gareth Southgate has named his England squad for the Three Lions upcoming fixtures with Switzerland and the Ivory Coast.

There’s a first inclusion for Marc Guehi after an impressive first season at Crystal Palace, whilst the centre-back’s teammate Conor Gallagher – on loan from Chelsea at Selhurst Park – is included again after making his debut in November.

 

There’s no room for Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford or Jadon Sancho, whilst Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker is another notable omission.

Tammy Abraham’s form at Roma has been rewarded with an inclusion, with the 24-year-old having scored 20 goals in all competitions since swapping Chelsea for the Italian capital last summer.

Ben White is also recalled to the fold after forming part of an Arsenal side that has climbed into the Premier League’s top four in recent weeks.

England face Switzerland in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday March 26, before hosting the Ivory Coast at the national stadium on Tuesday 29 March as preparations begin ahead of this summer’s UEFA Nations League campaign and the 2022 World Cup in November.

England take on Hungary, Germany and European champions Italy in the Nations League in June.

England 25 man squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Wolves), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Roma), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

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