Ollie Watkins shall be hoping for an England recall when boss Gareth Southgate names his first squad for the reason that World Cup on Thursday.
Southgate opted to hold on in his position after England’s quarter-final defeat to France in Qatar earlier than Christmas and can lead the nation into Euro 2024 subsequent summer season, with qualifying getting below manner later this month.
Watkins might be named within the squad to play Italy and Ukraine following his excellent type for Aston Villa, whereas Chelsea duo Reece James and Ben Chilwell could return after they missed the World Cup by means of damage.
Watkins, who has gained seven caps, was not a part of the squad that went to the Middle East, however having scored six targets in his final seven video games, will probably be troublesome for Southgate to disregard him, particularly with different points in assault.
Here’s the whole lot it’s good to know.
When does Gareth Southgate identify his England squad?
The England supervisor will announce his squad at 2pm at present.
Who else is in rivalry?
Brentford striker Ivan Toney, who was additionally not noted of the World Cup squad, could miss out once more because the Football Association disciplinary case for breaching betting guidelines hangs over him.
Callum Wilson did go to Qatar and impressed in a cameo position, however has scored only one purpose in 13 video games for Newcastle for the reason that home season resumed.
Jadon Sancho could also be in rivalry for a recall after a spell out of the reckoning. The Manchester United winger has solely featured as soon as for England for the reason that Euro 2020 closing and was not a part of Southgate’s plans for the World Cup.
Elsewhere, James Maddison shall be hoping to nonetheless be in favour, whereas eyes shall be on whether or not Arsenal defender Ben White, who’s having a high-quality season for the Gunners, is included after leaving the World Cup camp early for “personal reasons”.
Southgate may additionally look to present some recent faces an opportunity, with Nottingham Forest ahead Morgan Gibbs-White, who Southgate is a recognized admirer of, and Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott each doable inclusions.
When are England’s matches this month?
England start their Group C marketing campaign after they go to Italy on March 23, with Ukraine travelling to Wembley three days later.