Mason Greenwood and Trent Alexander-Arnold in line for England recalls as Southgate prepares to name squad

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Mason Greenwood celebrates scoring for Manchester United against Southampton  (AFP via Getty Images)
Mason Greenwood celebrates scoring for Manchester United against Southampton (AFP via Getty Images)

Gareth Southgate will name his first England squad since Euro 2020 on Thursday, with Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood expected to earn recalls.

The pair missed the European Championship through injury but have both made fine starts to the new season and are set to return for the World Cup qualifying triple-header against Hungary, Andorra and Poland.

In a camp likely to be overshadowed by ongoing speculation over the future of captain Harry Kane, Southgate is expected to name a similar squad to the one which finished runners-up at the Euros, although Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford will miss out through injury.

James Ward-Prowse could return, although Jesse Lingard, who like the Southampton midfielder was cut from Southgate's provisional squad list, is expected to miss out, with his United future still unresolved.

Tammy Abraham made a fine start to life at Roma with two assists which will have caught Southgate's eye, while Danny Ings has already scored twice for new club Aston Villa.

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold missed Euro 2020 with a thigh injury (Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold missed Euro 2020 with a thigh injury (Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope is in line for a recall after returning to full fitness, although United's Dean Henderson is still recovering from a serious bout of Covid-19.

Southgate was at Molineux on Sunday to watch a revitalised Dele Alli score the winner for Tottenham, although this squad may come too soon for the 25-year-old to earn a recall. Southgate may, however, want to take a closer look at Dele's Spurs team-mate Oliver Skipp, while Eric Dier will also be eyeing a return to the fold.

Kane played the final 20 minutes at Molineux in his first appearance since the defeat to Italy on penalties but there is no doubt he will be included in the squad.

The Spurs striker continues to push for a late summer move to Manchester City and Southgate will be wary that England are due to be training and facing the media at St. George's Park on transfer deadline day.

England visit Budapest a week on Thursday and host Andorra at Wembley on Sunday, 8 September before playing Poland in Warsaw three days later.

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