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England announces squad vs San Marino, Estonia; No Sturridge

With two Euro qualifiers fixture coming up, Roy Hodgson has to make do without several key squad members.

Paul Gilham

After a winning start against Switzerland last month, England will be hoping to go on a three-game winning streak as they face San Marino and Estonia in the upcoming international break. However, Roy Hodgson will be with our several key members of the squad heading into both games. In the back, Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker is not available due to injuries, while upfront, Daniel Sturridge is still missing after sustaining an injury in his last tour of duty with England. In the middle of the park, Ross Barkley is still out injured with a leg injury sustained just before the start of the season.

This has prompted Hodgson to hand out call ups to several new names. Last month, Calum Chambers, Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, and Jack Colback got the call from the senior team, but only one of the four managed to make the squad this time around. Rose and Colback are not in the squad, while Chambers has been called up by the U21 (he has never played for the U21, making his debut with the senior team first). Delph has retained his place and will be joined by Jonjo Shelvey, the Swansea City midfielder was called up to the squad when he was playing for Liverpool, but has never made the squad since moving to Swansea in the summer of 2013. Judging by his improved performance since moving to south Wales, it's thoroughly deserved.

In the back with Johnson and Walker unavailable, Hodgson has opted to select debutant Nathaniel Clyne, who has been impressive in his early season form. On the other flank, with Luke Shaw dropping back to U21 duty, Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs was called up, his first since October 2013. In midfield, Adam Lallana also returned to the squad after missing last month's matches to injury, he will be accompanied by Liverpool teammates Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, and Rickie Lambert.

Daniel Sturridge's absence is a big blow for England, as he was England's most in-form striker throughout last season. However, in his absence, new Arsenal signing, Danny Welbeck scored a brace against Switzerland and has just bagged a hat-trick in Champions League against Galatasaray last night, so he will be roaring to go with high confidence.

England will face San Marino in Wembley on October 9, before going to Talinn to play Estonia three days later.


Joe Hart (Manchester City), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Fraser Forster (Southampton)


Phil Jagielka (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), John Stones (Everton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)


Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), James Milner (Manchester City), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Andros Towsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)


Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)