Southgate names newly-eligible Rice in England squad

Date published: Wednesday 13th March 2019 2:06

Newly-eligible Declan Rice was the only new face in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The Three Lions kick-off Group A against the Czech Republic to Wembley next Friday, before heading to Podgorica to take on Montenegro.

Southgate has named a 25-man squad for the Euro 2020 double-header, with West Ham midfielder Rice, as expected, the headline inclusion.

The 20-year-old appeared for the Republic of Ireland’s youth teams and won three senior caps, but FIFA last week ratified his switch to England as those appearances came in friendlies.

Rice is the only uncapped player in the squad as Southgate favoured the tried and tested on the whole. There is a recall for Tom Heaton, whose impressive form for Burnley sees him joining fellow goalkeepers Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.

Southgate has kept faith with Kieran Trippier despite questions over fitness and form, while James Tarkowski and Harry Maguire returned to the squad as Lewis Dunk and the injured Joe Gomez dropped out.

Harry Winks and Jesse Lingard were not risked due to groin and hamstring issues respectively, but Callum Wilson did enough on his return from a seven-week lay-off to be included again.

 


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