Alli and Ings handed first England call-ups

Clarets goalkeeper Tom Heaton has retained his spot in Roy Hodgson’s 24-man England squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania.


Striker Danny Ings, who joined Premier League Liverpool in the summer, has also earned his first senior call up on the back of netting twice for the Reds.

Both Alli and Ings will be hoping to be involved for England over the global break, with fixtures against Estonia at Wembley and Lithuania away on the agenda.

Ryan Bertrand is recalled to the squad in place of Luke Shaw, who broke his leg in two places playing for Manchester United against PSV Eindhoven last month.

Manchester United’s centre-back Phil Jones is included having recovered from a blood clot in his calf, while his United team-mate Michael Carrick is also named for the double-header despite recent injury concerns.

Captain Wayne Rooney is selected in attack, along with Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.

He will compete with Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Ings and Theo Walcott for a place up front.

Sturridge has recently made his comeback after missing most of the previous year through different injuries – the first of which was picked up on global duty 12 months ago. It is a good opportunity for him to come when so many midfielders are missing through injury because who knows going forward where he will end up. “We are happy to welcome him”. He is an exciting talent’.

Speaking about the decision by Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish to represent England rather than Republic of Ireland, he said: “I am very pleased”. I was happy he took the bolder decision, and what matters now is how he does for Villa.


The Three Lions have already qualified for France 2016 with a 100 % record from their eight games.

Liverpool striker Danny Ings was shocked by his England call-up