Squad announcement: Aston Villa and Manchester United defenders called up

England manager Gareth Southgate has picked four uncapped players in his latest squad.

Southgate’s side will play a pair of September UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers on home soil against Bulgaria and Kosovo, whom England face for the first time.

Manchester United Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be no surprise to anyone. The right back was widely tipped for a first call-up as a Crystal Palace player last season, and his transfer to Old Trafford made selection an inevitability.

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Also in receipt of his first international recognition is Aston Villa centre back Tyrone Mings, who was superb on loan last season and already looks at home as a permanent signing in the Premier League. He benefits from John Stones’ injury.

Chelsea’s Mason Mount and Leicester City’s James Maddison return to the squad after eye-catching starts to the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

Southgate’s 25-man squad contains no fewer than three right backs, none of which is Manchester City’s Kyle Walker, dropped from the squad to make room for Wan-Bissaka, Trent Alexander-Arnold and the recalled Kieran Trippier.

In midfield Harry Winks replaces Tottenham Hotspur colleague Eric Dier, while Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton and Burnley’s Nick Pope have ousted Jack Butland, who’s started the season in stinking form.

Despite the raft of new call-ups the headline is the continued inclusion of Jesse Lingard.

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Although the United midfielder has enjoyed a number of positive performances for England – becoming a trusted Southgate charge in the process – there’s no denying that he’s light years short of the kind of form that would earn a cap for anyone else.

One suspects he might find his minutes limited.


Tom Heaton (Aston Villa), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)


Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United)


Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), James Maddison (Leicester City), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)


Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth)

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