Ivan Toney handed first England call-up by Gareth Southgate for pre-World Cup matches with Dier back and Maguire in

    IVAN TONEY has been given his first England call-up while Eric Dier is returning to international football.

    The FA have announced the squad for the forthcoming Uefa Nations League matches against Italy and Croatia and, as exclusively revealed by SunSport, Brentford striker Toney is included.

    Brentford star Ivan Toney has been named in the England squad

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    Brentford star Ivan Toney has been named in the England squadCredit: Reuters
    Eric Dier is back in the squad for the first time in two years

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    Eric Dier is back in the squad for the first time in two yearsCredit: Reuters
    Harry Maguire is in the England squad for this month's games

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    Harry Maguire is in the England squad for this month’s gamesCredit: Getty

    But there are no places for Manchester United duo Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, along with Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings.

    Southgate has given Toney, 26, his big chances after his terrific form for Brentford.

    He scored 14 times last term and has already struck five times this season.

    The former Newcastle forward, who joined from Peterborough in an initial deal worth £5m in 2020, comes into the squad as Southgate is short of in-form strikers other than Harry Kane.

    England face Italy in Milan on September 23 and entertain Germany and Wembley three days later.

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    Tottenham defender Dier, one of the heroes of the 2018 World Cup campaign for England, has been rewarded for his club form.

    He has not featured in an England squad since facing Iceland in November 2020 but he now looks set to win his 46th cap. 

    Mings, who has played 17 times for England, has again been left out and his hopes of reaching the World Cup now look extremely uncertain.

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    Full England Squad

    Goalkeepers

    Dean Henderson, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale

    Defenders

    Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Marc Guehi, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Fikayo Tomori, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker

    Midfielders

    Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse

    Forwards

    Tammy Abraham, Jarrod Bowen, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Ivan Toney

    Rashford was hoping to get a call-up having not played for England since missing a penalty at the Euro 2020 final.

    But he has been struggling with a muscle injury and has not travelled with United to Moldova for the Europa League clash.

    But Sancho is another player who now faces a tough task to make the plane for Qatar.

    His form for England has generally been poor.

    Nottingham Forest keeper Dean Henderson returns as Jordan Pickford is crocked with a thigh problem.

    There is also no place for Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson as he, too, has a thigh injury.

    Arsenal’s Ben White is missing but he has an injury.

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    Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has scraped into the squad despite his poor form but both Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw are carrying injuries so could be forced to pull out.

    England’s first game at the World Cup is against Iran on November 21.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold is in the England squad despite a difficult start to the campaign

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    Trent Alexander-Arnold is in the England squad despite a difficult start to the campaignCredit: Reuters

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