Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been named in Gareth Southgate’s England (7/1 2022 World Cup outright) squad for the upcoming Nations League games against Italy and Germany.
Toney has made a fine start to the domestic season for Brentford, netting five goals in six Premier League outings, and he’s been rewarded with a place in the England set-up.
The 26-year-old’s call comes at the perfect time with the Three Lions only featuring on two more occasions, facing Italy and Germany in the Nations League, ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Southgate likely already knows the majority of the players he’ll be taking to the showpiece event in November and December but there are still some spots up for grabs, especially in attack.
There’s also a recall for Tottenham defender Eric Dier after re-establishing himself as regular fixture for Spurs since Antonio Conte arrived in north London.
His last appearance for the national side came back in November 2020 and he’ll have one final chance to convince Southgate of his importance.
Fellow defender Ben Chilwell, who has started just once for Chelsea in the league this term, and goalkeeper Dean Henderson have also earned recalls.
Number one stopper Jordan Pickford misses out through injury so Henderson will have the chance to shine between the sticks, although he’ll have to battle it out with Nick Pope and Aaron Ramsdale.
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford are both being treated for injuries and haven’t been named in the party.
But there are inclusions for United defensive duo Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw despite only starting four Premier League games between them this campaign.
England have two fixtures lined up over the upcoming international break with a trip to Milan’s San Siro to face Italy on September 23 (Match betting – Italy 6/4, Draw 9/4, England 15/8) before taking on Germany at Wembley on September 26.
Goalkeepers: Nick Pope (Newcastle), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest, on loan from Manchester United).
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (on loan at Everton from Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice ( West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Roma), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Ivan Toney (Brentford).