England boss Gareth Southgate has called both Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins and West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone for the first time with San Marino, Albania and Poland

ahead of the international matches in March

It’s a first international appearance at all levels for Watkins after being noticed during his first season in the Premier League, while Johnstone returns to the international line-up previously capped from U16 to U20

John Stones, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard also return to the Three Lions group

For Stones it is the first call since October 2019, while for Shaw, who last played in a Nations League game with Spain in September 2018, it is even longer

Lingard’s shows, which he has borrowed from West Ham since January, have earned him a place in the group for the first time since the Nations League final in Portugal in summer 2019

Southgate’s 26-man squad will report for duty on Monday morning to prepare for the opening of European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

This starts on Thursday the 25th When Wembley visits San Marino before England on Sunday 28th March March, goes to Tirana to face Albania

And the international window will open on Wednesday the 31st March rounded off when Poland arrives at Wembley

Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United )), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jesse Lingard (West Ham United, loan from Manchester United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham ) United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

England squad

World News – UK – England squad for men, named after the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in March

Source: https://www.thefa.com/news/2021/mar/18/england-mens-senior-squad-named-for-march-internationals-20210318