Southampton star Nathaniel Clyne grabbed the headlines today as England boss Roy Hodgson named his squad for the upcoming EURO 2016 qualifiers with Estonia and San Marino.
Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey was also recalled to the squad alongside Arsenal star Kieran Gibbs, while Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge missed out due to a thigh injury picked up on international duty last time around.
Clyne has been linked with a call-up in recent weeks given his impressive for the Saints, and he could be handed his international debut with John Stones his only competition for the right-back role in Glen Johnson’s absence.
Sturridge will not link up with squad, with Hodgson not ready to risk the striker who hasn’t played since the 1-0 win over Norway almost a month ago.
“It’s just simply a fact, an unfortunate fact, that he’s not recovered,” Hodgson said of Sturridge’s absence.
“It’s a great blow to us, Liverpool and the player, because he was anxious to be a part of these two games.
“There’s no problems or conflict there at all.”
There were very few shocks in the selection, with Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph retaining his spot after an impressive debut against Norway and the win in Switzerland:
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), John Stones (Everton)
Midfielders: Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Welbeck (Arsenal)
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