Patrick Bamford is a surprise call-up for Gareth Southgate’s first post-Euros England squad… but Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood and Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell miss the roster for World Cup qualifiers
- Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has earned his first senior call-up in England
- Gareth Southgate named 25-man squad for World Cup triple header next month
- Mason Greenwood and Ben Chilwell missed but Trent Alexander-Arnold is in
Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has earned his first senior England call-up to Three Lions’ World Cup qualifiers next month against Hungary, Andorra and Poland.
Gareth Southgate has made just a few changes to the squad who suffered the heartbreak of Euro 2020 against Italy this summer, with Bamford as the surprising addition.
Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood, who has started the Premier League season in fine form with two goals in as many games, had to withdraw from the Three Lions roster before the tournament and has this time been left out of the 25-man roster. around.
Leeds’ Patrick Bamford has been called up by Gareth Southgate for World Cup qualifiers
Gareth Southgate has made a few changes to the squad that suffered heartbreak for Euro 2020
Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell, who has struggled for playing time for both club and country in recent months, has been dropped by the English manager, while Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been recalled.
The fullback suffered a thigh injury that put an end to his hopes of playing a part for England in the rescheduled tournament this summer.
Ben White, fresh off his £50m transfer to Arsenal after the European Championship, has also been left out, while Man United forward Marcus Rashford and Man City star Phil Foden are missing through injury.
Southgate welcomes United midfielder Jesse Lingard again. who was removed from the preliminary Euros group, and Nick Pope, who missed the tournament due to injury.
Southgate explained the process he went through with his coaches after the defeat to Italy.
“The following week we were in the office to watch the entire tournament. Of course the final was still fresh in everyone’s minds, but you have to look at everything again,” he said.
He said Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, the three players who missed penalties in the final, were eager to “continue”.
Southgate said: “I was in touch with all three in the days after the final and their clubs were in touch as well.
‘They know there is support when they need it, but they also want to move on. It’s a new season with new challenges. They are exciting young players with an exciting time ahead of them.’
The Three Lions will look to build on their build-up to the European Championship final at Wembley, where they came painfully close to winning a major tournament for the first time in 55 years.
Southgate has put England on an upward trajectory since he took the lead and the Road to Qatar starts on Thursday, September 2.
England will travel to Hungary next week, before hosting Andorra at Wembley on Sunday, September 5. Their World Cup triple header concludes with a trip to Warsaw to take on Poland.