Dele Alli and Kyle Walker are left fearing for their international futures after being omitted from England boss Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo.
Southgate opted instead to include James Maddison despite controversy surrounding his withdrawal from last month’s double-header.
England need just a draw when Montenegro visit Wembley next Thursday to reach next summer’s finals and this month’s matches are the final chance for players to impress before a mid-season international hiatus until March.
That break comes at a bad time for Alli and Walker, who now face a battle to prove they remain part of Southgate’s plans. Tottenham star Alli has not featured for England since June’s Uefa Nations League third-place play-off against Switzerland, partly due to a hamstring injury which curtailed his involvement at the start of the season.
However, the 23-year-old has started Spurs’ last five matches in all competitions – including Wednesday night’s 4-0 Champions League win at Red Star Belgrade – and had hoped to be recalled.
Maddison has instead been given the nod, with Mason Mount also now ahead of Alli in the pecking order.
Southgate planned this morning to include the Chelsea midfielder but only subject to last-minute checks over the severity of an ankle injury sustained in Tuesday’s draw with Ajax.
Walker has been overlooked, with Southgate favouring Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold at full-back. Maddison’s inclusion comes after he was pictured in a Leicester casino on the night England were beaten by the Czech Republic in Prague.
England squad in full
|Tom Heaton (Aston Villa)|
|Jordan Pickford (Everton)|
|Nick Pope (Burnley)|
|Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)|
|Ben Chilwell (Leicester)|
|Joe Gomez (Liverpool)|
|John Stones (Man City)|
|Harry Maguire (Man Utd)|
|Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa)|
|Danny Rose (Tottenham)|
|Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea)|
|Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)|
|Fabian Delph (Everton)|
|Ross Barkley (Chelsea)|
|Fabian Delph (Everton)|
|Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)|
|James Madison (Leicester)|
|Mason Mount (Chelsea)|
|Declan Rice (West Ham)|
|Harry Winks (Tottenham)|
|Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool)|
|Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)|
|Harry Kane (Tottenham)|
|Marcus Rashford (Man Utd)|
|Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)|
|Raheem Sterling (Man City)|
|Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)|
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vs Montenegro (H) on Thursday November 14th
vs Kosovo (A) on Sunday November 17th
What England need
Gareth Southgate & Co. need just a point across both games to secure their spot at Euro 2020.
Should they achieve that against Montenegro next week, they will join Spain, Belgium, Italy, Russia and Ukraine in the hat for the draw.
The group stage draw is on November 30.
BREAKING: England squad announced
Dele Alli and Kyle Walker have been left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, leaving their hopes for Euro 2020 selection in doubt.
England squad in full
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool)
Ben Chilwell (Leicester City)
Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)
Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth)
Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
Declan Rice (West Ham United)
Fabian Delph (Everton)
Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea)
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
James Maddison (Leciester City)
Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
John Stones (Manchester City)
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Mason Mount (Chelsea)
Nick Pope (Burnley)
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Ross Barkley (Chelsea)
Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)
Tom Heaton (Aston Villa)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa)
Southgate on Michael Keane omission
“He has had a couple of difficult games for us and I felt this was a good moment for him to get a break from it.
“It is a chance for him to work on his game.”
So, James Maddison has been handed another England chance despite his controversial casino visit during the last international break.
Uncapped Maddison pulled out of the squad to face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria last month because of illness before being pictured in a casino during the 2-1 defeat in Prague.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers defended his player while Southgate said Maddison will have learned there is an increased spotlight on him.
Everton defender Michael Keane has been dropped and there is still no place for Dele Alli but Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi is back in.
Stamford Bridge team-mate Mason Mount is also included despite coming off in Tuesday’s 4-4 Champions League draw against Ajax with an ankle problem.
There’s also a return for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after missing last month’s squad having scored four goals in his last four games for Liverpool, including the winner in Tuesday’s 2-1 Champions League victory over Genk.
John Stones has started Manchester City’s last two Premier League games – the first time he has had two consecutive 90-minutes all season – and is back in.
Michael Keane was criticised for his display in last month’s 2-1 defeat in the Czech Republic and was dropped by Everton for their 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has two caps, is promoted back from the under-21 squad following his return from the Achilles injury he suffered at the end of last season.
Southgate on Maddison’s casino visit
“We sent him home. He was ill. Any suggestion he chose to go home because he wanted to go out was unfair.
“Having said that, I don’t think it was a great decision he took.”
Southgate on Stones’ return
“John has been serving the ball from 45 yards from opposition goal. There’s still more to see and to him defensively tested. It’s good to see him playing regularly.
In terms of caps and experience we don’t have huge experience at the back.”
Southgate on Bulgaria’s punishment from Uefa for racist chanting
“Punishment is really difficult to pitch.
“The important thing was that the subject was highlighted to everybody, the importance of it and that our players owned the moment.
“The ongoing issue is one of education across the world.”
Southgate on Grealish omission
“Grealish is a very good player – I’ve watched him closely this season. He played very well against Brighton.
“The reality is he’s up against Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
“Jack is a very good player and very close. Any issues with the squad and I wouldn’t hesitate to call him up.”
Southgate on Walker omission
“[Is his England career over?] Absolutely not.
“We’ve been very pleased with the form of Kieran and Trent. (Trent’s) form for Liverpool has been really exceptional.
“It’s an area of the pitch where we’ve got high competition for places.”
Southgate on England’s 1000th game
“[Facing Montenegro is] an opportunity for us to qualify for a European Championship which is a very important moment for us.
“And it’s the 1,000th England game – a momentous occasion for everybody and pretty special to be involved with.
“As a manager you get a real feel for the history and privilege of leading the team.”
Southgate on Hudson-Odoi selection
“We were surprised at how quickly he was back.
“He’s still on his way back, of course – he’s a young player so he’s still learning and improving but in the games he’s played, you can see his level and he’s pushing those players in the wide positions to start in the team.
“He acquitted himself brilliantly with the Under-21s so we got exactly the response we’d hoped for.”
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