World Cup qualifiers: Bamford will get first England call-up as Alexander-Arnold returns

World Cup qualifiers: Bamford will get first England call-up as Alexander-Arnold returns

Patrick BamfordPatrick Bamford has scored 18 targets in 67 Premier League appearances.

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has acquired his first senior call-up for England’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Proper-back Trent-Alexander Arnold returns to the squad after lacking Euro 2020 with a thigh damage, with midfielder Jesse Lingard additionally recalled to the squad.

Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell and Manchester United ahead Mason Greenwood have been ignored of the 25-man squad.

Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden each miss out by means of damage, whereas Arsenal’s Ben White has Covid.

Gareth Southgate’s aspect play three video games in seven days of their first matches since their Euro 2020 closing defeat by Italy.

England play in Hungary on 2 September and host Andorra on 5 September, earlier than travelling to Poland on 8 September.

There shall be no England supporters at both of the away video games as no travelling followers are allowed at any European qualifiers subsequent month due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Bamford was ‘very shut’ to Euros squad

Bamford is the one uncapped participant introduced into the England squad after impressing since Leeds’ promotion to the Premier League final summer time.

Southgate mentioned the 27-year-old has a chance to supply choices going ahead after accidents to a few of his Euro 2020 squad.

“It’s a recent cycle and we might at all times choose the majority of the squad from the summer time. We’re solely two video games into the season so we have been by no means going to make massive modifications,” mentioned Southgate.

“Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford have been injured so there was a chance within the ahead areas. We have been happy with what Ollie [Watkins] did and now there is a chance for Patrick as a quantity 9.

“His progress with Leeds has been glorious, he was very shut on the finish of final season.

“We labored with him at under-21 degree so we all know him anyway and it’s a particular second for his household.”

Gamers need to transfer on from Euros – Southgate

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, the three gamers who missed penalties within the closing, are desirous to “transfer on” in line with Southgate.

All three gamers have been focused on social media after the defeat.

Southgate mentioned: “I used to be in contact with all three of them within the days after the ultimate and their golf equipment have been in contact as nicely.

“They know there may be help in the event that they want it, however they’re additionally eager to maneuver on. It’s a recent season with recent challenges. They’re thrilling younger gamers with an thrilling time forward of them.”

Evaluation – Bamford a ‘highly effective, cellular addition to Gareth Southgate’s squad’

Phil McNulty – BBC Sport chief soccer author

Patrick Bamford’s first England call-up for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers is deserved reward for a striker whose profession had been nomadic till his undoubted promise and expertise flourished totally beneath the affect of Leeds United supervisor Marcelo Bielsa.

The 27-year-old was a key determine in Leeds’ promotion to the Premier League and was additionally the spearhead as they completed ninth of their first season again within the prime flight.

Bamford struggled to search out stability after shifting to Chelsea from Nottingham Forest, having mortgage spells at six golf equipment earlier than establishing himself at Middlesbrough, the place he had already been for a short lived spell, then shifting on to Leeds.

He shall be a robust, cellular addition to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, his model becoming completely into the depth Bielsa calls for from his workforce. Southgate will now hope to be the beneficiary of that improvement.

England captain Harry Kane and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin are Southgate’s different strikers – with the supervisor delighted his most important marksman’s deadlock with Spurs is at an finish and he has determined to remain somewhat than pursue a transfer to Manchester Metropolis.

Southgate will now hope Kane can put an unsettled summer time behind him and lead England’s marketing campaign to qualify for Qatar subsequent 12 months.

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester Metropolis), Kieran Tripper (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester Metropolis)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham)

Forwards: Patrick Bamford (Leeds United), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Jack Grealish (Manchester Metropolis), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester Metropolis)

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