Alli and Ings handed first England call-ups

Date published: Thursday 1st October 2015 12:41

England boss Roy Hodgson has handed Tottenham midfielder Deli Alli and Liverpool striker Danny Ings their first senior call-ups.

The pair have been included in Hodgson’s 24-man squad for the European qualifying dead-rubbers against Estonia and Lithuania next week.

Alli has impressed for Tottenham this season since arriving from MK Dons and Ings has scored two goals in his last three games for Liverpool.

Alli was playing League One football last season, but with Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson injured, the 19-year-old could find himself representing his country at senior level over the next couple of weeks.

There was no place in Hodgson’s 24-man squad for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge even though he has recovered from injury.

Ryan Bertrand is recalled to the squad in place of Luke Shaw, who broke his leg in two places playing for Manchester United against PSV Eindhoven last month.

John Stones will also have the opportunity to add to his six caps. The Everton defender is joined in the party by Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones, who has recovered from a blood clot in his calf.

England host Estonia at Wembley on Friday, October 9 and visit Lithuania on Monday, October 12 – but they have already won Group E having won all eight of their games.

Full squad: Jack Butland, Joe Hart, Tom Heaton, Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Kieran Gibbs, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jonjo Shelvey, Raheem Sterling, Danny Ings, Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy, Theo Walcott.

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