Out with old, in with new: Wilson, Rooney in England squad

Date published: Thursday 8th November 2018 2:09

Callum Wilson has been given his first England call-up in Gareth Southgate’s latest 28-man squad, with Wayne Rooney’s send-off appearance confirmed.

Wilson is the only new face in the squad, given his first senior nod after impressing for Bournemouth this season.

The Cherries striker, who has six goals and five assists in 11 Premier League appearances, played once for England U21s – under Southgate in 2014.

He is joined in the squad by Rooney, who the FA have confirmed ‘will only feature in the USA game’.

England face the USA on November 15 in an international friendly, before hosting Croatia in a Nations League fixture three days later.

Midfielders Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard return after being ruled out of last month’s Nations League double-header against Spain and Croatia through injury – with youngsters Mason Mount and James Maddison dropping out.

Alex McCarthy, Luke Shaw and Danny Welbeck are also included, having been forced to withdraw from the previous squad due to minor injuries.

Everton defender Michael Keane is included in an England squad for the first time in 12 months, with uncapped Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk also retaining his place.

“Bournemouth have started the season really well,” Southgate said of Wilson’s inclusion. “Callum is a striker we worked with briefly with the Under-21s so we know plenty about him.

“He’s a threat in terms of running in behind defences. He’s been involved with either scoring or assists, with a high number of goals this season, so it’s a good opportunity for us to have a look at him and see how he fits into what we do, and for him to get a feel of working with the senior team.”

 


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