Gareth Southgate calls up Ivan Toney to England squad for Euro qualifiers

England head coach Gareth Southgate kept faith with the majority of his World Cup quarter-finalists on Thursday as he named his squad for next week’s opening Euro 2024 qualifiers away to Italy and at home to Ukraine.

Southgate, who considered stepping down after England’s 2-1 defeat by France in Qatar, sprung a surprise by including Brentford’s Ivan Toney in the 25-man squad.

Toney, who is yet to earn a senior cap, failed to make the cut for Qatar but has 16 Premier League goals this season, behind only Erling Haaland and England skipper Harry Kane.

The 27-year-old is facing FA charges after alleged breaches of betting rules.

Southgate also recalled Chelsea defenders Ben Chilwell and Reece James after they were ruled out of the World Cup because of injury.

There was no room for Liverpool full back Trent Alexander-Arnold, but Manchester City’s Kyle Walker made the cut.

England face European champions Italy on Thursday and take on Ukraine at Wembley on Sunday.

England squad: Goalkeepers – Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale, Defenders – Ben Chilwell, Eric Dier, Marc Guehi, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Midfielders – Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Jordan Henderson, James Maddison, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Forwards – Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Ivan Toney

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