Ivan Toney is one of five players to be excluded from England’s 23-man squad for their clash with Italy this evening.
The Brentford striker earned a deserved call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad following an impressive start to the campaign.
In eight appearances so far this term, the striker has scored five goals and racked up three assists for Thomas Frank’s side, earning him his first international call.
That leaves Harry Kane and Tammy Abraham as the only centre-forwards available for the game.
Toney isn’t the only notable absentee, with Marc Guehi, Ben Chilwell, Jordan Henderson and John Stones also missing out.
Guehi and Chilwell will both be disappointed not to make the cut for the clash at the San Siro, however Henderson and Stones’ absences are a little bit easier to explain.
The Liverpool midfielder has only recently returned to fitness and came into the squad as a late replacement for Kalvin Phillips who is facing the prospect of an extended spell on the sidelines as a result of a shoulder injury.
Man United star Eriksen scores 25-yard screamer in Nations League clash
Spurs and Man United snubbed as Arsenal and City dominate Team of the Season so far
Man United were so worried about Scholes’ drinking they called his dad
Ronaldo deal sees Man United set new record for highest wages in PL history
Spain Women’s team demand manager is sacked as 15 players refuse to play
JACK THE LAD
Grealish accepts Souness’ offer of night out – if he can bring Pogba with him!
As for Stones, the Manchester City defender is serving a one-match suspension and could return for Monday’s clash with Germany at Wembley Stadium.
While Southgate’s starting XI is yet to be confirmed, it’s understood that Harry Maguire and Jude Bellingham are expected to start against Italy as the Three Lions look to get revenge on Italy following their Euro 2020 final victory.
Watch the World Cup with talkSPORT
At talkSPORT we are powered by fans, so come and join us for the ultimate World Cup fan experience this winter – at the talkSPORT Fan Zone.
In a huge indoor venue under the arches at Waterloo in London, we’ll bring you live screenings of every World Cup game.
There will be Q&As with talkSPORT talent, you’ll be part of our live broadcasts, and there will be plenty of food and drink on offer too.
Come and enjoy the best World Cup fan experience in London – and enjoy a pint on us – with tickets for England and Wales’ group stage games on sale now HERE!