Ings, Alli in England squad, Sturridge out

England have handed first senior call-ups to Dele Alli and Danny Ings ahead of their final two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania.


England have already sealed their qualification for Euro 2016 next summer and Hodgson has made a decision to hand the youngster Alli a chance to shine.

Alli, who ended last season in League One with Milton Keynes Dons, has been watched by Hodgson in each of his last three Spurs appearances.

Daniel Sturridge, meanwhile, is left out of the line-up, with Manchester United defender Luke Shaw another high-profile absence through injury.

Other players called up include Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs, along with Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand.

John Stones will also have the opportunity to add to his six caps. Teammate Phil Jones has played in this area for England but like so often playing for Manchester United he looks out of his depth.

They conclude their fixtures at Wembley against Estonia on Friday, October 9 (7.45pm), followed by a trip to Lithuania on Monday, October 12 (9.45pm local time).

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.

He will compete with Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Ings and Theo Walcott for a place up front. He is an exciting talent’. “The game in Lithuania is the one where, if any experimentation takes place, it’ll be there”.

The Three Lions have already booked their place for the tournament in France, boasting the only 100 per cent record in qualifying in the process.


Speaking about the decision by Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish to represent England rather than Republic of Ireland, he said: “I am very pleased”.

Danny Ings received his first senior England call-up after impressing for Liverpool      
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