Luke Shaw earns England recall as Southgate hails fullback's 'edge'

Jamie Vardy has decided to focus on his club career
Jamie Vardy has decided to focus on his club career

01 September, 2018

"We're coming off the back of a successful tournament so not a lot has changed", he said.

England face Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday September 8 at Wembley Stadium before an worldwide with Switzerland at Leicester's King Power Stadium on Tuesday September 11.

"When it's been going against his team he has been one who has shown aggression and a desire not to lose". There's a point where I don't need to know what those guys can do as we're looking to bring younger players through.

Instead, Gareth Southgate is placing his faith in established stars on a Premier League stage.

A wink to Jack Grealish or Nick Powell, perhaps, as well as an explanation for the inclusion of Stoke backstop Jack Butland. "People are going to have to play at a good level to retain their places".

"It's an area where we'd like more competition".

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While there is a lot of positivity surrounding the England camp after the World Cup, fans were once again bemused to see Danny Welbeck as part of the 23-man squad.

But, in picking his group to face Spain and Switzerland next month, Southgate resisted the temptation to call up a number of promising youngsters.

Gomez has made a return to the Liverpool squad since his injury, but Adam Lallana has yet to start for the Reds so far this season. Joe Gomez is 21.

Southgate explained that he spoke with Young as well as Leicester striker Jamie Vardy and Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill about their involvement in the national team, with all three taking a step back to give younger players a chance but still making themselves availalbe if needed.

It had been suggested that the likes of teenage duo Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho - two U17 World Cup winners from 2017 - would be drafted into the senior fold, but there is no place for the Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund starlets at present.

ENGLAND manager Gareth Southgate has warned dwindling domestic talent in the Premier League means he may have to look to the Championship for players in future.

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