Gareth Southgate this afternoon names the England squad for the upcoming Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark next month.
After a ten-month wait since their last fixture, the Three Lions will return to action for UEFA Nations League fixtures against opponents who should be beatable, but could cause a problem on a good day.
Southgate’s side have been out of action since beating Montenegro and Kosovo last November, when they secured qualification for the now-rescheduled UEFA EURO 2020.
The outbreak of coronavirus forced March friendlies against Italy and Denmark to be cancelled, along with pre-tournament games against Romania and Austria.
In June, UEFA gave the go ahead for the Nations League, with England looking to build on 2019’s third-place finish in the inaugural year of the tournament.
Take a look at the squad Gareth Southgate names for Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark next month..
ENGLAND SQUAD ANNOUNCED:
Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Danny Ings (Southampton), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)
Gareth Southgate has named his England squad for Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark 👇
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 25, 2020
The Three Lions are in group A2 of the 2020-21 competition, with Belgium – FIFA’s number-one-ranked international team – completing the quartet of sides playing each-other home and away over a three-month period.
The group winner will join the other table-toppers from league A in the Nations League finals, which will be held at some point in 2021.
England travel to face Iceland in Reykjavik on Saturday 5 September at 5pm BST and then head to Copenhagen to face Denmark at 7.45pm BST on Tuesday 8 September. Both matches are like in the UK on Sky Sports.
Looking further ahead, Southgate’s side will then play a trio of games at Wembley Stadium connected by EE: a friendly against Wales on Thursday 8 October (8pm) before Nations League games against Belgium and Denmark on Sunday 11 October (5pm) and Wednesday 14 October (7.45pm) respectively.
The following month brings a trip to Belgium on Sunday 15 November before the Three Lions’ Nations League group campaign concludes against Iceland at Wembley on Wednesday 18 November. Both games kick off at 7.45pm GMT.
Also revealed on Tuesday were Wales and Scotland’s squads for their upcoming matches. Take a look at which players were selected below…
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester City), Adam Davies (Stoke City).
Defenders: Chris Gunter (unattached), Ashley Williams (unattached), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Connor Roberts (Swansea City), Tom Lockyer (Charlton Athletic), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), James Lawrence (Anderlecht), Ben Cabango (Swansea City), Neco Williams (Liverpool).
Midfielders: Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Jonathan Williams (Charlton Athletic), Harry Wilson (Liverpool), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Matthew Smith (Manchester City), Daniel James (Manchester United), Will Vaulks (Cardiff City), Joe Morrell (Bristol City), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United).
Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion), Tyler Roberts (Leeds United), Rabbi Matondo (Schalke), Kieffer Moore (Cardiff City).
Goalkeepers: David Marshall (Derby County), Robby McCrorie (Livingston)*, Jon McLaughlin (Rangers)
Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds United), Declan Gallagher (Motherwell), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Stephen O’Donnell (Motherwell), Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Celtic), John Fleck (Sheffield United), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Scott McTominay (Manchester United)
Forwards: Oliver Burke (West Bromwich Albion), Lyndon Dykes (QPR), James Forrest (Celtic), Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United) and Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United)
Fans reacted after Gareth Southgate names squad for Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark next month…
Play for Ireland? pic.twitter.com/XYfhybJLCm
— ٍ (@ftbl_brian) August 25, 2020
If u watch trippier for athleti you would agree awb is overhyped
— Harrison Browne (@HB_ftg) August 25, 2020
Finally 💙 pic.twitter.com/b4TIICIJNM
— ⚡️🇧🇼 (@Priceless_Silva) August 25, 2020
Southgate wouldn’t pick Grealish because he hadn’t played in the Premier League. Given the season he’s had, he still doesn’t get picked and Phillips gets in? Hypocrite Southgate. Embarrassing.
— reegan (@reeganavfc) August 25, 2020
Jack Grealish should really be there, he had a better season than Mount. The likes of Mings, Dier, Keane? Surely Dunk, Tarkowski, Coady or the Sheffield United lads deserve it more?
— Stephen Charles (@Charlieboi554) August 25, 2020
the boyyyyy pic.twitter.com/6s2q7NZxlM
— Ben (@BenjiDixon17) August 25, 2020
no tarkowski? pathetic choice again
— abi (@bfcabii) August 25, 2020
Gareth Southgate is a joke! There HAS to be and agenda against Jack Grealish!!!
— Bradders AVFC 🦁 (@avfc_bradders) August 25, 2020
No Grealish But Phillips In Shocking.
— cades_8 (@8Cades) August 25, 2020
INGS AND WARD-PROWSE pic.twitter.com/r7aGCyfT7A
— Cody (@codybartlettt) August 25, 2020
James Ward-Prowse in the England squad and no Grealish 🤣 Let the twitter meltdown commence…
— Max Stokes (@villaontour_) August 25, 2020
Ward-Prowse was massively underrated last season, really pleased Southgate has picked up on this and given him a chance. Would have liked to see Grealish as well, though. https://t.co/A8s587Y8GB
— Charlie Jewers (@CharlieNData) August 25, 2020