Ivan Toney, Eric Dier in England squad but no Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford ahead of World Cup picks

Brentford striker Ivan Toney and Tottenham defender Eric Dier have been named in Gareth Southgate’s final England squad before his World Cup selection — but there is no space for Manchester United duo Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford.

The Athletic revealed earlier on Thursday that Toney, 26, was set for a first England call-up.

Toney has been rewarded for a strong start to the season after impressing with 12 Premier League goals last term, while Dier is recalled for the first time in almost two years as England prepare for Nations League games against Italy and Germany.

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Rashford was ruled out of United’s Europa League game against Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday through injury, but Sancho had been pushing for a return to the fold after starting the season well following a disappointing 2021-22 campaign.

Speaking on Wednesday about Rashford’s injury, United manager Erik ten Hag said: “No, I don’t think too long, but I cannot tell how long. It’s not really bad and we expect him to be back quite soon.

“It’s quite clear (he can make the England squad), sure, yes. He’s shown his great potential and quality (this season).”

Southgate’s 28-man squad, which will provide clues as to his Qatar selection, also includes West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen but Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher does not feature.

Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips is included despite playing just 13 competitive minutes this season, as is Harry Maguire, who has been benched three times in the Premier League this term by Ten Hag.

England's September squad

Jordan Pickford’s thigh injury means Nottingham Forest loanee Dean Henderson returns to join fellow goalkeepers Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope.

England face Italy at San Siro on Friday, September 23 (kick-off 7.45pm BST) before hosting Germany at Wembley on Monday, September 26 (7.45pm).

England are currently bottom of Nations League Group A3 and could be relegated with a further defeat.

Next week’s matches are England’s final games before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which starts on November 20. England kick off their campaign against Iran the following day.

England squad in full

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

England’s schedule

  • September 23: Italy vs England (7.45pm), Nations League
  • September 26: England vs Germany (7.45pm), Nations League
  • November 21: England vs Iran (1pm), World Cup
  • November 25: England vs USA (7pm), World Cup
  • November 29: Wales vs England (7pm), World Cup
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