England squad announced for World Cup Qualifiers in first games since Euro final

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Gareth Southgate has announced his England squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and Poland in September.

The Three Lions are back in action for the first time after the heartbreak of Euro 2020, with three quickfire fixtures that could all but cement their place in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

Patrick Bamford is the surprise inclusion winning his first call-up to the national side.

The Leeds forward missed out on being included in the initial squad for the Euros in the summer with Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa preferred.

There is also a space for Trent Alexander-Arnold who has been recalled after an impressive start to the season.

The Liverpool right-back had to pull out of the squad for the Euros after suffering a hamstring injury in England's pre-tournament match against Austria at the Riverside Stadium.

Jesse Lingard has also been recalled to the England set-up while Ben Chilwell has been dropped from Southgate's 25 man squad.

The Three Lions sit comfortably at the top of Group I with maximum points from their first three matches.

A convincing 5-0 victory over San Marino at Wembley in March was followed by a 2-0 win against Albania three days later.

Back on home soil, Poland were put to bed thanks to an 85th-minute winner from Harry Maguire.

Only group winners are guaranteed a place at the finals in Qatar with the tournament taking place between November 21 – December 18.

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The 10 best runners-up from the group stage and the two best-ranked group winners in the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League not to have qualified will take part in the play-offs.

There will be three routes, each consisting of four teams playing a semi-final and final for a place at the World Cup.

The play-off draw will be seeded based upon qualifying-round points with the two UEFA Nations League sides unseeded.

England squad in full

  • GK: Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.
  • DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker.
  • MID: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice.
  • ATT: Patrick Bamford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling.

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