England Coach, Gareth Southgate has recalled Jesse Lingard, Luke Shaw and John Stones to his squad for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers later this month.
Aston Villa striker, Ollie Watkins and West Brom keeper, Sam Johnstone also got their maiden call up.
One notable exclusion is Liverpool’s defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold who has not been included in the 26-man squad.
England will host San Marino on March 25, then go away to Albania on March 28 and then host Poland on March 31.
Lingard, who is currently on loan at West Ham from Manchester United, was last called up for the national team in June 2019.
“Jesse, of the three, is a bit more fortunate to be in,” Luke and John have performed over a period of time.
“We’ve got injuries in the attacking areas that have opened up an opportunity for Jesse but, I have to say, his performances for West Ham have been excellent.
“Ideally, you’d be saying you have to do it for a little bit longer but that’s not been the option this time around.”
However, Borussia Dortmund’s 17-year-old midfielder, Jude Bellingham is in the squad but may sadly miss out because of coronavirus restrictions in Germany.
“We are still investigating what is possible and we wanted to name him in the squad,”
The likes of Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Jordan Pickford are all missing due to injury.
Manchester City defender Stones has not been in the England setup since November 2019, while Manchester United left-back, Shaw last played a game for the national team in September 2018.
BBC.com reports that Stones, who has featured 39 times for England, has been a mainstay in Manchester City’s resurgence to the top of the Premier League this season, while his club side are also in the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup as they aim to complete the quadruple.
“It is a huge plus for us, John has played a lot of internationals for us. For a period we were not sure if he was going to be able to recapture that form.
“When you invest that much time and as many caps in players like that and he disappears, it is a huge disappointment.
“John deserves huge credit for turning that around and finding a level of consistency. It is great to have him back.”
On Shaw’s recall, Southgate added:
“We often talk about coaches’ and managers’ impact on players but we have to give players a lot of credit.
“In Luke’s case he has been defending on the front foot. He’s been aggressive in his defending and shows great ambition in his attacking play. We know he has the quality to do that.
“He has earned his chance and deserves to be in.”
Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford, who has scored 13 Premier League goals this season, wasn’t included but Southgate said he was “very close” to being picked.
Instead, the England boss opted for Watkins, who has 10 league goals in his first top-flight campaign.
On the issue of Watkins and Bamford, Southgate had this to say:
“There are a number of positions in this squad that there were some real close calls on. We felt we wanted an extra striker.
“Both Ollie and Patrick, their goals have been good. We like the personalities of both. Ollie is a player that we have had less interaction with in the past. It’s going to be good to get to know him.
“We like his pressing, the speed and runs in behind. He’s got some improvement to make in linking the game but, for his first season in the Premier League at a big club, he’s done exceptionally well.”
Liverpool have not been in form this season and that has also affected the form of right-back Alexander-Arnold
Of Alexander-Arnold, Southgate said:
“I don’t think he has played to the level he found in the last couple of years but I think he is getting close to that now, He has taken steps in the right direction.
“I have made that same call to Kyle [Walker] and Kieran [Trippier] in the past and their response was a good one. I am certain Trent will play a big part in the future.”
See the full list of invited players here:
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Brom) and Nick Pope (Burnley).
Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid) and Kyle Walker (Manchester City).
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jesse Lingard (West Ham, on loan from Manchester United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham) and James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) and Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).