England squad: Gareth Southgate leaves Rashford and Sancho. Dier remembers

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Conor Gallagher were left out of Gareth Southgate’s last England squad ahead of the World Cup, with Evan Toni and Eric Dier receiving call-ups to face Italy and Germany in the Nations League.

  • Gareth Southgate has chosen a 28-man squad for the match against Italy and Germany
  • Brentford striker Evan Toni has received his first call-up with the Three Lions
  • Marcus Rashford out with muscle injury after good performance for Manchester United
  • His team-mate Jadon Sancho and Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher were also absent
  • Tottenham defender Eric Dier has been called into the England fold
  • This is Southgate’s last England squad ahead of the World Cup in Qatar
  • Click here for the latest FIFA World Cup 2022 news and updates

Evan Toni has received his first call-up in England by Gareth Southgate – but there is no room for injured Marcus Rashford.

Brentford striker Tony has been rewarded with a call-up after his excellent progress in the Premier League last season and a promising start to the season.

He could become only the third player from Brentford to represent England and the first since Leslie Smith returned in 1939.

Brentford striker Evan Toni has been called up to the England squad for the first time

Gareth Southgate has named a 28-man squad for the upcoming matches against Italy and Germany

Gareth Southgate has named a 28-man squad for the upcoming matches against Italy and Germany

The whole England team

England’s 28-man squad to face Italy in Milan on September 23 and Germany at Wembley on September 26, both in the UEFA Nations League.

goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest, loan from Manchester United), Nick Pope (Newcastle United), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Everton, loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Marc Guehy (Crystal Palace), Rhys James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United) . Luke Shaw (Manchester United) John Stones (Manchester City) Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan) Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United) Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) Mason Mount (Chelsea) Calvin Phillips (Manchester City) Declan Rice (West Ham United) James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Attackers: Tammy Abraham (Roma), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Evan Toni. (Brentford)

Southgate said: “With Evan Toni, we’ve been tracking him for a long time. I had a good chat with Thomas Frank about him last season.

“His form and attributes – not just his scoring but his technical ability, his sophisticated play and aerial prowess – give us a different threat to some of the other players we could choose.”

Having missed out on the previous two teams, Rashford returned to the competition with the Three Lions after a good start to the season at Manchester United.

But as Sportsmail I reported last night, England medics were running late checks on Rashford’s fitness in relation to a muscle injury.

He did not travel with United for the UEFA Europa League match against Sheriff of Tiraspol in Moldova on Thursday night.

Jadon Sancho was left out of the squad despite his strong start to the season

Jadon Sancho was left out of the squad despite his strong start to the season

Marcus Rashford was also absent from the England squad after suffering a muscle injury

Marcus Rashford was also absent from the England squad after suffering a muscle injury

England at risk of relegation

England have to do something if they want to avoid relegation from the United Nations League.

They have lost so far at home and away to Hungary and drawn with both Italy and Germany, leaving them at the bottom of Group C, three points behind Italy.

The country that occupies the last place is dropped in League B for the next edition.

Southgate plays Italy in Milan next Friday and Germany at Wembley the following Monday and realistically needs four or more points to stay top.

Southgate did not hold a press conference to accompany the team announcement but did release some quotes.

He said: ‘There were some players we wanted to continue this time around, but that said that doesn’t mean that this is the end of some of the other players not participating.

Marcus Rashford, for example, has shown some encouraging signs lately. He’s a player we know well, so if he can perform at a high level in the next few weeks, he will of course be under consideration.

Rashford tweeted shortly after the announcement: “Good luck guys later today @ManUtd. In terms of England, every player wants to represent a country there and I’m no different! Unfortunately, I’m not ready yet because I had a sudden injury.

Elsewhere, Eric Dier has been called up after his stellar brilliance under Tottenham boss Antonio Conte.

“With Eric Dier, he’s been playing really well for a while,” the England coach said.

Southgate has called up Tottenham defender Eric Dier after missing a number of teams

Southgate has called up Tottenham defender Eric Dier after missing a number of teams

“We think it’s a really close call between our central defender and he deserved to be named again in the group.

We know how good manners he is. He fits the culture and has significant international experience and leadership qualities.

However, Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher was left out of the 28-man squad.

Gallagher had broken into the England squad after a string of impressive loan offers at Crystal Palace last season.

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher is another player left out of the England squad this time

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher is another player left out of the England squad this time

However, he has turned down the opportunity to leave Chelsea this summer in hopes of playing regularly enough at Stamford Bridge to maintain his international standing.

But his lack of playing at Chelsea has cost Gallagher his place in the squad – and potentially his chances of going to the World Cup.

Ben White and James Justin were also absent from the previous squad, though Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire retained their seats despite United’s lack of first-team football.

Dean Henderson has been called into the squad to replace injured first-choice goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Follow Sportsmail’s live blog with ADAM SHERGOLD below as Gareth Southgate announces his squad for the upcoming Nations League matches.

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