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Gareth Southgate announces 26 man squad for Wembley game

Gareth Southgate has selected a 26-player squad for England’s final two World Cup qualifiers, against Slovenia and Lithuania.

There are recalls for Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph and Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who replaces Tom Heaton.

Delph’s last cap came against Spain in November 2015.

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire retains his place following his call-up for the matches against Malta and Slovakia earlier this month.

The Three Lions are due to link up at St. George’s Park on Sunday before hosting Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday 5 October.

They will then take on Lithuania in Vilnius three days later.

England are two points clear at the top of qualifying Group F and need just one win from the final two matches to seal a place at Russia 2018.

The squad:

England squad to face Slovenia and Lithuania: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United), Jermain Defoe (AFC Bournemouth), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (West Ham United, on loan from Manchester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Michael Keane (Everton), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), John Stones (Manchester City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).








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