Phil Foden Earns England Recall for November Fixtures

Manchester City’s Phil Foden has been recalled to England squad as Gareth Southgate names his latest England squad for November’s international fixtures.

Foden had been snubbed in October’s selection after breaching Coronavirus protocols alongside Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood whilst away on international duty in Iceland in September.

Southgate has named unchanged goalkeeper and defensive selections with Jordan Pickford retaining his goalkeeping place despite being dropped by Everton for Sunday’s defeat at Newcastle.

Chelsea’s Reece James has been called up despite being given a two match ban in the UEFA Nations League meaning that he is unavailable to face Belgium and Iceland, although he is eligible to face Republic of Ireland in a friendly.

Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips is absent in midfield after suffering a shoulder injury and represents the only absentee from that selection group as Foden replaces him in the squad.

Up front, Raheem Sterling returns after withdrawing from last month’s squad due to injury meaning that Southampton’s Danny Ings misses out due to a knee injury.

Leicester’s Harvey Barnes has also been snubbed despite impressively proving highly influential in the Foxes’ 17 league goals this season.

England will host Republic of Ireland in an international friendly on 12 November in a 7:45pm kick-off which was only arranged last month, due to New Zealand’s withdrawal as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions.

Southgate’s Three Lions squad will then visit Belgium in a must-win UEFA Nations League clash on Sunday 15 November (7:45pm GMT) before concluding their campaign at home to Iceland on Wednesday 18 November (7:45pm GMT), as they look to top League A2 to qualify for the finals next autumn.

Here is a full list of 29-man squad to face Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland;

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defence: Trent Alexander Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Reece James (Chelsea), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfield: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)

Forward: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund, Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

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