Michail Antonio called up as Sam Allardyce names his first England squad


Sam Allardyce has named uncapped West Ham midfielder Michail Antonio in his first England squad, but there is no place for Everton’s Ross Barkley.

Allardyce has named 23 players for the World Cup 2018 qualifier in Slovakia, with Antonio getting the nod on the same day he scored in the defeat to Manchester City.

Barkley, who was an unused squad member at Euro 2016, has been dropped despite scoring twice in his first four matches this season. There is also no place for Antonio’s West Ham team-mate, Mark Noble. Marcus Rashford, who has been named in the Under-21s, the retired James Milner and injured pair Jack Wilshere and Ryan Bertrand all drop out.

@OfficialBigSam names his first “>ThreeLions squad, with a debut call-up for @WestHamUtd winger @Michailantonio. pic.twitter.com/TbEeMzBzEA

In all there are five changes from the squad that failed in France this summer, with Luke Shaw, Phil Jagielka, Danny Drinkwater and Theo Walcott all returning. Joe Hart keeps his place as expected despite falling out of favour at Manchester City.

The official announcement includes Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling and Walcott as midfielders, with just three players listed as strikers – Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy.

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley).

Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Michail Antonio (West Ham), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal). Strikers: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester).

News Source TheGuardianNews

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