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Declan Rice is the standout name in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad

Gareth Southgate has named his 23-man England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

For once we aren’t fussed about an international break bringing the Premier League to a grinding halt.

Gareth Southgate has announced his England squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers and the future looks bright.


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He’s a happy man

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He’s a happy man

The standout name in the 23-man squad is Declan Rice, who, after switching allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England, makes it into Southgate’s plans at the first time of asking.

The youngster’s inclusion comes a day after he was ironically named Republic of Ireland’s Young Player of the Year. Awkward.

Here’s the England squad in full:

Feast your eyes

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Feast your eyes

Jordan Pickford keeps his place in the squad despite much speculation but it’s unknown whether he will remain as England’s No1.

The Everton stopper has had a season to forget and Tom Heaton’s performances for Burnley will give Southgate a real selection headache.

Not one for the future but capable in the short term

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Not one for the future but capable in the short term

Jack Butland returns to the squad to help boost the goalkeeping options at Southgate’s disposal.

Michael Keane also makes a comeback along with Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski.

The Everton man has five senior caps to his name

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The Everton man has five senior caps to his name

The notable omissions from the squad include Harry Winks and Jesse Lingard who both miss out through injury.

Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka was hotly tipped to earn his first senior cap but has failed to get a call-up on this occasion.

Your wingers don’t like him

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Your wingers don’t like him

There’s no room either for Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse who has impressed in recent weeks.

Other outsiders who fell short include Conor Coady and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Limited game time at Stamford Bridge is harming his chances

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Limited game time at Stamford Bridge is harming his chances

The Three Lions will begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Czech Republic on Friday March 22 at Wembley.

Rice and co will then travel away to Montenegro on Monday March 25 for their second qualifier.

In Gareth, we trust.


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