It has been a full 10 months since we last saw England play but for those Nations League lovers out there, the wait is nearly over.
Gareth Southgate has named Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips in the squad while Harry Maguire is also set to play the games ahead against Iceland and Denmark in September.
Here is the Three Lions’ squad in full:
- Jordan Pickford (Everton)
- Nick Pope (Burnley)
- Dean Henderson (Manchester United)
All three goalkeepers will feel like they have deserved a spot in the team.
Jordan Pickford has been Southgate’s number one all along but will the seasons of Pope and Henderson put some doubt in the manager’s mind?
- Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
- Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
- Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
- Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
- Michael Keane (Everton)
- Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa)
- Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)
There are call ups for three right backs with no recognised left-back in Southgate’s squad.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Reece James both miss out while Harry Maguire is in the squad for the games despite his arrest in Greece.
- Declan Rice (West Ham United)
- Eric Dier (Spurs)
- Harry Winks (Spurs)
- Mason Mount (Chelsea)
- Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United)
- James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
- Phil Foden (Manchester City)
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Southgate has gone from limited creative options in the 2018 World Cup to an extended list of talented ball-playing midfielders.
Leeds star Kalvin Phillips and Man City’s star, Phil Foden earn their first call-ups while Jack Grealish misses out on selection this time.
- Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
- Harry Kane (Spurs)
- Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
- Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
- Mason Greenwood (Manchester United)
- Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)
- Danny Ings (Southampton)
The Three Lions face both Denmark and Iceland twice as well as two challenging games against Belgium in the second edition of the Nations League.
To qualify for the finals next season, Southgate will need to top the group as he did in the inaugural Nations League.
This young squad have the first chance to prove themselves in Reykjavik on the fifth of September.