Patrick Bamford, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jesse Lingard have been called up by England manager Gareth Southgate for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.
The trio missed Euro 2020, as England reached the final of the competition, losing to Italy on penalties at Wembley in July, but will be available for the upcoming matches against Hungary, Andorra and Poland.
This is the first time Leeds striker Bamford has been called up to the England squad and Southgate says he felt the time was right for the 27-year-old to be given a chance in the first team after an impressive performance with his side.
“There was an opportunity for us in the front zone,” he said. “We were very happy with what Ole Watkins did at the end of last season.
“Now is a chance for Patrick as number nine too. His progress with Leeds has been excellent, so close at the end of last season with us. [in terms of being selected] This is a good chance for him to come back.
“We worked with him at U21 level, so we know him anyway. A great moment for him and his family.”
Left-back Ben Chilwell is missing from the squad after being an unused substitute in the first three games of Chelsea’s season. He did not play a single minute in Euro 2020 with England.
Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood, who has scored twice in his first two league games this season, is another notable absentee from Southgate’s squad after an impressive start to the season.
Southgate says he has spoken to Greenwood and insists the 19-year-old is heavily in his plans, but wants to time his first-team integration date in time.
“It’s in our thoughts,” Southgate added. “I spoke with him and his club. He is a player we really like.
“We believe he has all the potential to be a top player in England. We are all very aware that we are making this progress at the right time. He is just breaking into the Manchester United squad with a lot of responsibility.
“This is a big thing for a young player to deal with and we want to make that progress with our seniors as much as we can so we can get the best player possible in the end.
“We are all aligned with that, the club, his family and us. We feel right now [it is] The best thing about him is, after these first few games with his club, but he’s a player we love so much.
“It’s clear in terms of his performance at the moment that he will ensure that he is in the team, for sure.”
Southgate has appointed an expanded squad of 25 players, to provide additional cover in case of any possible coronavirus cases or infections this weekend.
The full 25-man England squad
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnston, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Rhys James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Judd Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Mason Mount, Calvin Phillips, Declan Rice
Forwards: Patrick Bamford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling.