Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been named in the England squad as caretaker boss Gareth Southgate takes charge of the Three Lions following Sam Allardyce’s departure.
The national team face World Cup qualifiers against Malta at Wembley on Saturday and Slovenia in Ljubljana on 11 October after a turbulent week which saw Allardyce leave his job by mutual agreement after just 67 days and one game in charge.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been recalled to the side for the first time in over a year by Southgate while Theo Walcott is also in the squad and will be hoping he gets the opporunity to impress after a rich run of form for the Gunners
“We’ve tried to keep some continuity from last month because my view would be that there are a lot of things that have been going right,” Southgate told the FA’s official website.
“We’ve had a few people unavailable through injury like Harry Kane and Jack Butland, and we’ve lost a couple over the weekend in Danny Drinkwater, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne while Luke Shaw isn’t quite back fit yet. That’s had a bearing on the squad.
“There are obviously a couple of players that I’ve worked with in the Under-21s with Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, who we think are exciting young players who we wanted to put in this squad.
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“It’s obviously been a difficult week in a number of ways, however we are in a position now where it’s important to get the squad named. I’m looking forward now to working with the players because it’s important that we build on the performance and the result against Slovakia.”
Walcott has five goals already this season and will be hoping to reignite his England career after being left out of the Euro 2016 squad while Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out to add to his 24 caps.