Newly appointed England manager Sam Allardyce announced his first squad on Sunday after taking over from Roy Hodgson’s embarrassing exit from Euro 2016 earlier this summer. A list of 23 players has been announced in which only Theo Walcott has been called up from Arsenal’s side.
Both Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were left out of the squad named for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Slovakia. Wilshere, who was included in the Euro 2016 squad for England has missed out this time due to lack of game-time, but Chamberlain who has appeared in all three games of the Premier League this season apparently didn’t impress Allardyce enough to receive the call-up.
Speaking to the FA, Allardyce was asked about the reactions he expects from the players who have missed out. He said, “Well everybody, Jack Wilshere, I think anybody that’s been in the squad before, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, who will probably look to get back in, that we will continue to monitor and watch the players whenever they’re playing.
“Somebody will be there either at the game or we will watch it via video links and we’ll keep an eye on everybody.”
Allardyce further suggested that the team selected is not set in stone and will change depending on the performances of all the players wanting to represent England’s national team.
“Who’s to say that this squad will be the same next time round? If somebody’s playing particularly well, like I think Antonio is, then it may change a little bit, but hopefully everybody keeps in good form and keeps the pressure on me, which is what I want.
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“I want everybody to be in great form when they arrive here and my choice is to pick the next XI – very, very difficult based on those choices.”
The 23-man England squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Michail Antonio (West Ham United), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Strikers: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)