England Squad Announced: Harry Maguire Included, While Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips Earns First Call-Up


Gareth Southgate has named his England squad for the upcoming Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark.

Harry Maguire has been included, despite his ongoing trial over an incident in Greece last week.

England Squad Announced for Nations League

Three Players Receive First England Call-Ups

The biggest question mark over Southgate’s selection was over Harry Maguire and whether the Manchester United captain would be included while his trial in Greece continues.

The 27-year-old faces charges relating to an incident with Greek police while he was on holiday in Mykonos. The defender has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and attempted bribery of an official.

Elsewhere, Manchester City‘s Phil Foden has received a first call-up to the senior team.  Mason Greenwood of Manchester United and Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United have also been included.

No Jack Grealish in Southgate’s Squad

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has once again missed out on a place in the squad.

The 24-year-old has never received a senior England call-up and misses out once more, despite his club ensuring Premier League survival last season.

Along with 20-year-old Foden, Chelsea‘s Mason Mount has received a call-up, meaning there is no further space for Grealish on this occasion.

Southampton striker Danny Ings returns to the national setup following a superb 2019/20 season for his club. Ings scored 22 goals in the Premier League last season. Only Leicester‘s Jamie Vardy, who has retired from international duty, netted more.

Who will Start as England’s Goalkeeper?

Perhaps the biggest selection dilemma Southgate has to make is over the goalkeeping department.

Jordan Pickford has been selected, but endured an error-strewn most recent Premier League campaign.

The same cannot be said of either Burnley ‘keeper Nick Pope, or Manchester United’s Dean Henderson, who spent the last campaign on loan at Sheffield United.

Both have been called up, and will feel ready to battle Pickford for the England number one jersey.

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