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Gareth Southgate named squad as Olie Watkins, Jude Bellingham and Johnstone are called up with Alexander Arnold dropped

England boss Gareth Southgate has given debut call-ups to both Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins and West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone ahead of March’s internationals with San Marino, Albania and Poland.

For Watkins, it’s a first international call-up at any level after catching the eye during his maiden campaign in the Premier League while Johnstone returns to the international set-up having previously been capped from U16-U20 level.

Jude Bellingham, meanwhile, could make his competitive debut – if Covid-19 quarantine rules allow him to play.

Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, there’s also a return to the Three Lions fold for John Stones, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard all included for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

For Stones, it’s a first call-up since October 2019 while it’s been even longer for Shaw, who was last involved in a Nations League game with Spain back in September 2018.

Lingard’s brillant form while on loan at West Ham since January have earned him a place back in the team for the first time since the Nations League Finals in Portugal during the summer of 2019.

Southgate’s 26-strong squad will report for duty on Monday morning as they begin to prepare for their opening European Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

That starts on Thursday 25 March when San Marino are the visitors to Wembley, before England head to Tirana to face Albania on Sunday 28 March.

And the international window is rounded off on Wednesday 31 March when Poland arrive at Wembley.

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