Gareth Southgate names England squad for Spain and Switzerland


"I can't rule out players in the Championship now as our pool is getting smaller and smaller."

"It's a big week for him that hangs on a very important match with Burnley".

"Statistically last year we were picking from a pool in the Premier League of 33 percent English players, this year we are down to 30 - and [among] the top six teams we are on a downward curve", he said after announcing his squad for next month's global games with Spain and Switzerland.

That match was the third/fourth place play-off at last summer's World Cup, where England were eliminated after defeat to Croatia in the semi-final.

Shaw replaces his United team-mate Ashley Young in the squad and will compete for a starting place against Tottenham's Danny Rose.

Southgate attempted to play down England's interest in West Ham's Declan Rice, stressing that he was still "with Ireland".

Shaw was named in Gareth Southgate's squad for games against Spain and Switzerland on Thursday after a run of three straight starts for Mourinho's side. "He's shown aggression and a desire not to lose, and is looking back to his powerful best".

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Liverpool players Joe Gomez and Adam Lallana, Burnley defender James Tarkowski and Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy were the other players picked who did not travel to the World Cup.

The England manager has made just five changes to the 23-man party that so impressed in Russian Federation, with Alex McCarthy in for Nick Pope as third choice goalkeeper and James Tarkowski replacing Phil Jones, who is injured.

"Those guys are older and - in a couple of their cases - aren't playing much with us".

Last place will mean relegation from League A to League B next time. "We felt he can add that extra impetus in wide areas", he said.

"They all want to stay available and have all done a fantastic job with us".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on full-back Luke Shaw after he secured a call-up to Gareth Southgate's latest England squad. "We are aware of the excitement around other young players but it might be a bit too early for some".