Gareth Southgate is set to maintain his faith in the Euro 2020 champions when he picks his first England team since the tournament on Thursday.
The coach, whose side painfully lost on penalties to Italy in the final, looks no further than the temporary group of 33 players he chose for the summer.
So Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mason Greenwood, who pulled out of the squad due to injury, are back in contention for the World Cup qualifiers in Hungary a week later today, at home to Andorra three days later and in Poland the following Wednesday.
Mason Greenwood (left) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (right) are ready to call up England after missing this summer’s European Championship.
Gareth Southgate admired the players after their performances at the club
James Ward-Prowse, Ben Godfrey and Ole Watkins, who did not reach Final 26, could also be included.
Nick Pope, who missed the European Championships due to injury, will return, while Harvey Barnes will return with Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford injured.
The Football Association is not afraid of Hungary or Poland moving to the UK’s red list, alleviating travel concerns. Premier League clubs are refusing to release international players who play in the red zone areas because they have to isolate when they return.
Alexander-Arnold has been left out of the Euro 2020 squad after sustaining a thigh injury
Alexander-Arnold was forced to withdraw from the England squad for this summer’s European Championship after suffering a thigh injury.
The right-back was injured during the final stages of England’s friendly match against Austria in June, a period of preparation for the tournament in which England reached the final to be defeated by Italy on penalties.
Alexander Arnold took to social media to share his disappointment at losing the championship. He posted a photo of himself walking off the field in Riverside for $1.7 million on Twitter with the caption, “Totally Burnt.”
He had a muscle problem in England’s victory over Austria in June
Greenwood was excluded from the summer tournament due to the same injury that kept him out of the European Under-21 Championship in March.
A United statement at the time read: ‘Mason’s fixtures with the club have been carefully managed to maintain his presence through the intense 2020-21 Premier League and Europa League schedules.
“But another period of the football championship will not be useful and Mason will remain at Manchester United to recover and prepare for pre-season training.”
However, both players returned to the pitch for their club’s opening matches in the 2021-2022 Premier League season.
Gary Lineker felt Alexander-Arnold was “really world class” during Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Burnley at the weekend.
He excelled at Liverpool during the opening matches of the Premier League season
He also said that Alexander-Arnold’s participation in Southgate’s squad would be vital as he would “dramatically improve England’s progress forward”.
However, Alexander-Arnold will face stiff competition from Manchester City’s Kyle Walker, Chelsea’s Reece James and Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier for a place in the squad.
Meanwhile, Greenwood – who won his first England cap against Iceland almost a year ago – has excelled at Manchester United and could return to the England squad.
The 19-year-old scored two goals in several matches for United during the 2021-2022 season.
Greenwood could also return to Southgate’s squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers
Greenwood has been left out of the Euro 2020 squad due to the same injury that kept him out of the European Under-21 Championship in March.
Greenwood’s goal against Leeds meant he became United’s third player to score 30 goals before his 20th birthday, trailing Norman Whiteside and George Best.
The 19-year-old has become the fifth best teenager to score goals in Premier League history.
As a result, Greenwood is likely to return to the England squad for the first time since he was brought home from Iceland last year.
Greenwood and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has been sent home from the English first team for breaching strict Covid protocols to invite the Iceland girls back to their hotel after they made their debut for the Three Lions.
Greenwood apologized for his behavior at the time, issuing the following statement on the Manchester United website: “Having now had the opportunity to reflect on what happened, I can only apologize to everyone for the embarrassment I caused.
Greenwood is set to return to the England squad for the first time since he was sent home from Iceland last year for breaching strict Covid protocols for inviting Icelandic girls back to the hotel.
Icelandic Girls – 20-year-old model Nadia Seif Lindahl Gunnarsdottir (right) and her cousin Lara Clausen
It has been irresponsible of me to breach established COVID-19 protocols to protect players, staff and the public. In particular, I would like to apologize to Gareth Southgate, for his let down, when he showed great confidence in me.
“Playing for England was one of the proudest moments of my life and I can only blame myself for this fatal mistake. I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England that this is a lesson I will learn from.
However, he could return after an exciting start to the 2021-2022 campaign with United