Manchester United's Luke Shaw set for England recall

Veteran utility-man Ashley Young has been dropped in favour of an in-form Manchester United teammate Luke Shaw, while Phil Jones misses out through injury.

The 23-year-old has not played for his country since a 1-0 defeat to Germany in 2017 but has returned at the expense of Old Trafford team-mate Ashley Young in the Three Lions' first squad since the World Cup.

Joe Gomez, who missed the tournament through injury, returns to the fold - as do Adam Lallana and James Tarkowski, who were both on standby ahead of the squad's departure for Russian Federation.

Gareth Southgate has named his first England squad since the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation for upcoming global matches against Spain and Switzerland.

London-born Rice has three senior caps for the Republic, but they all came in friendly matches meaning the 19-year-old could yet represent England.

He said today: "In relation to Luke Shaw, it is a big week for him that ends with a very important match against Burnley".


Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill have effectively retired from worldwide football - although are available in case of an injury crisis. In the other change from the squad which reached the World Cup semi-finals, Southampton's Alex McCarthy replaces injured third-choice keeper Nick Pope. We also wanted some continuity.

"There's a point where I don't need to know what those guys can do as we're looking to bring younger players through".

"One of our biggest concerns is playing time for English players, shown by a number of the squad that came with us to Russian Federation not getting opportunities to play".

However, Southgate is concerned that some members of his squad - like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marcus Rashford - have not had much game time in the opening weeks of the Premier League season.

'We had some mature conversations with Young, Vardy and Cahill and we have two injuries.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on full-back Luke Shaw after he secured a call-up to Gareth Southgate's latest England squad.


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