West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has been named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers.
The Three Lions face Czech Republic and Montenegro later this month as they look to build on promising performances at the World Cup and in the Nations League.
Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton has also been recalled having not featured for his country in nearly two years.
England face the Czech Republic at Wembley on March 22 before an away trip to Montenegro three days later as they begin qualification for Euro 2020 - of which the semi-finals and final will be held at Wembley.
The two other nations in England’s group are Bulgaria and Kosovo.
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After naming Rice in his squad for the first time, Southgate insisted that he fully deserved his place.
"His form warrants it. It has obviously been a well-publicised situation. We've tracked him for quite a while. There were never any guarantees made to him but his form has been excellent," the England boss said.
Southgate also reserved a few words for a player that didn't quite make the squad - Southampton's James Ward-Prowse.
“We love Prowsey - I’ve been accused of being father of Prowsey over the years! This most recent spell is his best since we capped him before. He’s a world-class deliverer of set pieces. He’s only recently got back into the team at Southampton," Southgate added.
As for Heaton, who has been impressing for Burnely recently, Southgate said: “We know Tom. He’s been a really impressive character to have around our squad in the past & at the moment he’s ahead in the battle that Burnley have. He’s had a frustrating period but it will be good to have him back.”News Now - Sport News