Gareth Southgate has selected his England squad for the Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia in June and has recalled Lewis Dunk, as well as handing out a first senior call-up to Eberechi Eze
Brighton & Hove Albion defender Dunk makes his return to the England squad after five years away, with Southgate rewarding the Seagulls captain for an exceptional 2022-23 campaign. Dunk has led his boyhood club to European football for the first time in their history.
Crystal Palace’s exciting midfielder Eze has been handed his first senior call-up after a flurry of excellent performances towards the end of the season. He will be joined by Eagles teammates Sam Johnstone, who returns to the Three Lions in place of Newcastle United’s Nick Pope, and centre-back Marc Guehi. The Magpies will be represented by Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson, who is back in the squad for the first time since the World Cup.
Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings returns to the fold for the first time in over a year after having been revitalised by Villa boss Unai Emery this term. He has taken the place of Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier.
Leicester City’s James Maddison returns to the group in place of the suspended Ivan Toney, but many Villa supporters will feel that Ollie Watkins should feel aggrieved to have missed out again.
Many Brentford fans have been calling for star left-back Rico Henry to get the recognition he deserves after another respectable season in the Premier League. But once again he is unlucky to not make the cut.
England squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (Crystal Palace), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice (West Ham United)
Forwards: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), James Maddison (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Callum Wilson (Newcastle United)