Gareth Southgate has left Manchester United pairing Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho out of his England squad for the last three Lions World Cup qualifiers in 2022 later this month.
England will face Albania at Wembley and San Marino away on November 12 and 15, respectively, as they look set to take their place in next year’s show.
Sancho has struggled for form and playing time since joining Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund last summer and has not played in the Red Devils’ last two league games.
Lingard has also not been able to break into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans after returning to United from a successful loan with West Ham, instead being forced to settle for commas from the bench.
The pair’s Man Utd teammates Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford return to Southgate’s squad after injury, while Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kalvin Phillips and Jude Bellingham are also back.
Captain Harry Kane retains his place despite his poor form at club level for Tottenham, as does Tyrone Mings who was recently released by Aston Villa.
England will likely need four points from their last two Group I matches to secure their place in the Winter World Cup in Qatar, unless they beat Albania and second-placed Poland in some way lose points to Andorra.
England squad in its entirety:
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielder: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Forward: Tammy Abraham (AS Roma), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
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