Now then England boss Gareth Southgate has been doing his stuff in front of the media and the Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have got more than a mention:
“They have been involved with England with the junior teams. It’s a step up for them but they are both more than capable.
“They have shown playing in big matches for big clubs that they are talented boys.
“They are both hugely exciting players who can be part of England’s future. It is up to them to take it forward.
“It is now the right time a year away from the European Championships. Let’s see if they can start to break into that team and that squad.”
Danny Ings’ fine form for Southampton counted for something then with the forward called up for the first time since his Three Lions debut against Lithuania in 2015.
Kyle Walker is back in from the cold as well having last played for England in the Nations League finals last June.
However, his Manchester City team-mate John Stones has been left out of the squad.
There is no place for Callum Hudson-Odoi, Fikayo Tomori, Danny Rose and Callum
Wilson having been in the squad to face Kosovo in November, while Ross Barkley
and Fabian Delph are also missing.
Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ben Chilwell and James Maddison miss
out through injury.
If it’s any consolation I agree with you Conor Coady must be close.
The big news is that Harry Maguire has been named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Uefa Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark.
Raheem Sterling is also included.
While Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have been called up along with Kalvin Phillips, Danny Ings and Dean Henderson.
And Kyle Walker is also recalled.
Right here comes the England squad…
Manager Gareth Southgate names his first England squad of 2020 very shortly.
But he has several selection headaches for next month’s Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark – not least whether to include defender Harry Maguire.
Maguire, 27, pleaded not guilty and was released from police custody after his arrest in Mykonos last week.
Captain Harry Kane should be available despite being in quarantine after a trip to the Bahamas.
Southgate could include several new faces such as Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood, Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish and Manchester City playmaker Phil Foden in what is expected to be a larger than usual squad.
You can read all about that here.
All will be revealed very soon Rachel…
Well at 14:00 BST when we’ll be hearing who Gareth Southgate has selected for England.
Rachel: I do want Conor Coady to get the recognition he deserves and get a call up for the England squad, but then again the more he flies under the radar the less chance of other teams seeing how good he is and swooping in.
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Wales have given Liverpool’s teenage full-back Neco Williams a first senior call-up for September’s Nations League matches against Finland and Bulgaria.
No argument from me on that one. Looks a great prospect. They’ve got some decent full-backs at Liverpool haven’t they.
Anyway enough of my thoughts, Wales boss Ryan Giggs’ are far more relevant and he’s been talking about the inclusion of Williams and Swansea City’s 20-year-old defender, Ben Cabango.
“I am excited because they’re really good talents, who I’ve known about for a long time,” said Giggs.
“Neco played quite a lot of games towards the end of the season and he’s an exciting player at a big club.
“Ben, similar, is someone Rob Page [Wales Under-21s manager] has talked about and someone who’s done really well and made really good progress over the last year or so.”
I’m with you on that last point Steve. Sounds like bliss.
A few nice lines from Steve Clarke in his news conference…
He says “no disrespect to my wife but it’s maybe time to get back out and have a good couple of weeks with the lads.
“I’ve painted a lot of fences and the garden shed. You just keep yourself busy.
“As we started to come out of lockdown I spent a bit of time with my grandchildren whose number has gone from one to three, which is fantastic.
“We’ve had some good times but now it is back to work.”
Also a word from Scotland manager Steve Clarke on Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney’s reintroduction to the squad.
Clarke says the full-back is in a “good place” having overcoming his injury problems and having him and Andrew Roberston is a good problem to have.
“You want as many good players as possible in your squad and Kieran will make it better,” he said.
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Scotland boss Steve Clarke has been speaking about including Australia-born striker Lyndon Dykes for the Nations League matches against Israel and the Czech Republic:
“I spoke to Lyndon a long time ago before the potential fixtures in March this year, he was very honest and he had the chance to go to play for Australia as well.
“Thankfully he has been named in the squad. I would imagine he was having the same conversation with them as he was with us.
“It was very important for him to make the decision he wanted to make. I am just glad he has come down on our side.”
Gerry: Harry Maguire should not be in the England squad to be announced at 14:00. In fact best thing would be to ask to be left out whilst he deals with Greece.
John: If Danny Ings isn’t in the England squad then 2020 may not be the best year ever!
Couple of surprises in there perhaps….
No I’m not talking about Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, whose futures at Real Madrid and Juventus are both under scrutiny. I mean you can’t leave that pair out can you..?
But unless they are injured I am slightly surprised that Aston Villa left-back Neil Taylor and Stoke defender James Chester haven’t got the nod.
There is also no place for Sam Vokes or his Stoke teammate Joe Allen, who is injured.
You can read all about that here.
Here’s the Wales squad in full:
Goalkeepers:Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester City), Adam Davies (Stoke City).
Defenders:Chris Gunter (unattached), Ashley Williams (unattached), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Connor Roberts (Swansea City), Tom Lockyer (Charlton Athletic), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), James Lawrence (Anderlecht), Ben Cabango (Swansea City), Neco Williams (Liverpool).
Midfielders:Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Jonathan Williams (Charlton Athletic), Harry Wilson (Liverpool), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Matthew Smith (Manchester City), Daniel James (Manchester United), Will Vaulks (Cardiff City), Joe Morrell (Bristol City), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United).
Forwards:Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion), Tyler Roberts (Leeds United), Rabbi Matondo (Schalke), Kieffer Moore (Cardiff City).
As ever drop me a line with your thoughts on those that are in favour, those that aren’t and which players you would have added to your home nations squads.
As I alluded to a few minutes back West Bromwich Albion striker Hal Robson-Kanu is perhaps the scorer of one of Welsh football’s most iconic goals.
And he says he wants to be able “to give to my country” after reversing his desire to retire from international football.
Robson-Kanu has now made himself available for Euro 2020 and beyond – which is a good job, given it’ll be played in 2021.
The big news when it comes to Wales is that Hal Robson-Kanu is back.
Yep the man who sent half of Belgium’s defence for a pie and chips at the Euros in 2016 returns to the Wales squad for the first time since 2017
after previously announcing his retirement from international football.
Neco Williams of Liverpool and Ben Cabango of Swansea City are called up
to the senior squad for the first time.
Wales travel to Finland on Thursday, 3 September, before hosting Bulgaria at Cardiff City Stadium the following Sunday.
A few omissions there as far as Steve Clarke’s squad is concerned ….
There is no place for Hearts striker Steven Naismith, Sporting Kansas attacker Johnny Russell, or West Brom forward Matt Phillips.
Winger Ryan Fraser also misses out, having not played since early March after opting to leave Bournemouth.
While Craig Gordon, who will not start his season with Hearts until October has also not been selected.