Patrick Bamford handed first England call-up as Gareth Southgate brings Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jesse Lingard back into fold

England manager Gareth Southgate has called up Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Patrick Bamford for the World Cup Qualifiers next month.
All three of them missed Euro 2020 because England lost to Italy in penalties at Wembley. However, they will still be available for the next games against Hungary, Andorra, and Poland.

This is the first time that Leeds striker Bamford was called up to the England squad. Southgate said that he felt it was the right moment for the 27-year old to play in the senior team after proving his worth for his club.

He said, "There was an opportunity to us in the forward zone." "We were extremely pleased with Ollie Watkins' performance at the end last season.

Image: Trent Alexander Alexander-Arnold was injured and missed Euro 2020

Patrick is now eligible to be a number nine. He has made excellent progress with Leeds and was very close to being selected at the end last season. This is an opportunity for him to return in.

"We knew him from U21 level. It was a wonderful moment for him, his family and friends.

After being an ineffective substitute in three of Chelsea's first three matches, left-back Ben Chilwell is not selected for the squad. He didn't play at Euro 2020 for England.

After an impressive start to the campaign, Mason Greenwood, Manchester United's forward, has been absent from Southgate’s squad. He scored twice in his two league games.

Image: Mason Greenwood is off to a great start in the Premier League season

Southgate claims he spoke to Greenwood, and that he believes the 19-year old is fully committed to his plans. However, he wants to ensure that a proper timeframe is set for Greenwood's integration into senior life.

Southgate added, "He is in the thoughts of our team." "I have spoken with him as well as his club. We really like him.

We believe he is capable of being a top England player. We all know that it is important to make the right progress. With a lot of responsibility, he is just getting into Manchester United.

"That's a huge thing for a young player and we want that progression with our senior players as well as possible so that we can get the best player at the end.

Use Chrome browser to access a better video player England manager Gareth Southgate said that Jesse Lingard was familiar with the national team setup and led to his recall

We are all united in this, the club, his family, and us. After his first few games, we feel it is the best for him. However, he is a very good player.

"It is evident from his performances at this moment that he would merit being in the squad.

Southgate has named a 25-strong squad to cover any possible injuries or coronavirus cases this weekend.

England's full 25-man squad

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (or Jordan Pickford), Nick Pope

Defenders: Conor Coady and Trent Alexander-Arnold; Tyrone Mings; Tyrone James; Harry Maguire; John Stones; John Stones; Kieran Trippier. Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice

Forwards: Patrick Bamford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Jack Grealish, Harry Kane. Bukayo Saka. Jadon Sancho. Raheem Sterling