James Maddison is recalled by England despite spending the night in a casino after withdrawing from the last squad through sickness… but Dele Alli is left out AGAIN as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returns
- England face Montenegro and Kosovo over the coming international break
- James Maddison was a doubt after his controversial visit to the casino
- But Gareth Southgate has decided to include him in his squad for the games
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has also returned to the squad after some fine form
Leicester City’s James Maddison is back in the England squad announced by coach Gareth Southgate for next week’s European Championship qualifying games against Montenegro and Kosovo.
Maddison put his England future at risk by withdrawing with illness from the last squad and then being pictured at a casino as Southgate’s players lost in Prague against the Czech Republic on a Friday night.
Southgate offered no assurances at the time that the midfielder would be forgiven but would appear to have decided to put the issue behind him.
James Maddison has been called up to the latest England squad by Gareth Southgate
The Leicester midfielder was handed a place despite his controversial visit to a casino
The other notable inclusion in Thursday’s squad is Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Now recovered from a serious knee injury, Oxlade-Chamberlain has been rewarded for his great form at club level this season.
Tottenham’s Dele Alli has been deemed surplus to requirements again despite his goal in Sunday’s draw at Everton.
Manchester City’s John Stones is back in the squad at the expense of Everton’s Michael Keane.
Dele Alli has been left out of Southgate’s England squad again for the upcoming matches
Southgate would appear to have decided to put the issue over Maddison behind him
Keane was dropped by Southgate after a poor showing in the defeat against the Czech Republic and was also benched by club manager Marco Silva as Everton drew with Tottenham at the weekend. Liverpool’s Joe Gomez has retained his place.
Chelsea duo Ross Barkley and Mason Mount were both doubts for the squad after suffering injuries but both are included in Southgate’s 27-man list.
Jack Grealish has missed out amid his injury problems after finding his way onto Southgate’s radar in recent weeks.
England need to beat Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday next week in order to qualify for the finals. They then face Kosovo on November 17.
FULL SQUAD FOR MONTENEGRO AND KOSOVO GAMES
Goalkeepers: Heaton, Pickford, Pope
Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Chilwell, Gomez, Maguire, Mings, Rose, Stones, Tomori, Trippier
Midfielders: Barkley, Delph, Henderson, Maddison, Mount, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rice, Winks
Forwards: Abraham, Hudson-Odoi, Kane, Rashford, Sancho, Sterling, Wilson
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has also been called up after his fine goalscoring form for Liverpool