Southgate looking to the future

24 August 2017 09:51:49 EST
Midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah has risen to the senior England set-up.

England head coach Gareth Southgate has handed first senior call-ups to defender Harry Maguire and midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah.

Centre-back Maguire left Hull City to join Leicester City this summer, while Chalobah has also benefitted from a change of surroundings, having moved to Watford from Premier League champions Chelsea.

It's time to look to the future. You can see that from the squad we've named.

Gareth Southgate

Uncapped Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is also included, while Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is a notable absentee, being currently sidelined by a thigh injury.

And Southgate believes he has selected a 28-man squad which reflects his desire to build for the challenges ahead, telling reporters: "It's time to look to the future. You can see that from the squad we've named."

England squad: Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Bertrand (Southampton), Butland (Stoke City), Cahill (Chelsea), Chalobah (Watford), Cresswell (West Ham United), Defoe (AFC Bournemouth), Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Hart (West Ham United, on loan from Manchester City), Heaton (Burnley), Henderson (Liverpool), Jones (Manchester United), Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Keane (Everton), Lingard (Manchester United), Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Maguire (Leicester City), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Pickford (Everton), Rashford (Manchester United), Smalling (Manchester United), Sterling (Manchester City), Stones (Manchester City), Sturridge (Liverpool), Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Vardy (Leicester City), Walker (Manchester City), Welbeck (Arsenal).

Absent from the squad was former skipper and all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney, who announced his international retirement on Wednesday - having scored 53 goals in 119 appearances.

First up for England is a trip to Malta for a World Cup qualifier a week on Friday , with a Wembley clash with Slovakia to follow on Monday evening.

The Three Lions currently top Group F of European qualifying, having claimed four wins and two draws from six games to date - with Slovakia just two points worse off in second place.

England are 1/50 to go on and secure top spot in Group F and are 40/1 to lift the World Cup in Russia next year, with holders Germany priced at 12121/1.

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