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Live Reporting

Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Stones. Lingard, Shaw

    That's all from us today.

    Click here for full details of England's squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. There are recalls for John Stones, Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw plus a couple of maiden call-ups.

    You can also read about the Northern Ireland squad here and the Republic of Ireland's line-up for their matches is here.

    Don't forget to return later this evening for our Europa League coverage. Until next time, goodbye!

  2. Thursday's Europa League fixtures

    All kick-off times GMT

    Before we wrap things up, here's a reminder of the last-16 second legs to be played in the Europa League later:

  3. Five remain out for Saints

    Bournemouth v Southampton (Sat, 12:15 GMT)


    As promised, we also have an update on Southampton before their FA Cup quarter-final tie with Bournemouth.

    Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that Oriol Romeu, Theo Walcott, Danny Ings, Will Smallbone and Michael Obafemi remain out injured, while on-loan forward Takumi Minamino is cup-tied having already featured in the competition for parent club Liverpool.

    “Nothing great is changing,” said the Saints boss earlier. “With Ori, with Theo Walcott, with Ingsy, Will Smallbone and Michael Obafemi, we have a few players out. The rest of the team is fit.”

  4. 'Great opportunity' for Johnstone - Southgate

    West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has been handed his first call-up, following the injury to Jordan Pickford.

    "Karl Darlow has had a very good season at Newcastle but he has found himself out of the team at just the wrong time," Gareth Southgate said.

    "Sam Johnstone, in a team that has had a difficult season, has kept a very good level of performance. He is comfortable in possession as well as keeping the ball out of his net. It is a great opportunity for him."

  5. Injuries opened a space for Lingard - Southgate

    Southgate on Jesse Lingard's recall: "We have injuries in attacking areas which have opened up an opportunity for Jesse. I have to say his performances for West Ham have been excellent. We know he can perform at that level.

    "Ideally, you would be saying he needs to do it for longer but that has not been the option this time around. We have lost Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho and one or two others like Harvey Barnes and James Maddison.

    "There is a space there. We trust Jesse and think he can play a big part in these three games."

  6. Bamford 'very unfortunate' - Southgate

    Ollie Watkins' first call-up means there is no place in the England squad for Leeds striker Patrick Bamford. Boss Gareth Southgate says Bamford was "very close" to a call-up.

    "Both Ollie and Patrick, in particular, their goals record has been good," he added.

    "We like the personalities of both. Ollie is a player we have had less interaction with in the past. It will be good to get to know him.

    "We like his pressing and speed and runs in behind. For his first season in the Premier League at a big club he has done exceptionally well.

    "All of the things I have said about Ollie I could have said for Patrick. He is very unfortunate. Patrick is a player we are very much looking at as well."

    Patrick Bamford
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    Purkiss27: Seriously, what does Wan-Bissaka have to do to get selected?

    Ashwin R: Where’s Wan-Bissaka? He’s definitely way ahead of that Liverpool fella this season.

  8. Great to have Stones back - Southgate

    John Stones' recall means he could make his first England appearance since November 2019 and add to his 39 caps.

    "It is a huge plus for us," Gareth Southgate said. "John has played a lot of internationals for us. For a period we were not sure if he was going to be able to recapture that form.

    "When you invest that much time and as many caps in players like that and he disappears, it is a huge disappointment.

    "John deserves huge credit for turning that around and finding a level of consistency. It is great to have him back."

    John Stones
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    Joseph Palmer: Trippier over Trent? I know Liverpool haven’t been great but come on. I feel for Trent, he’s never really been given a proper chance for England over the past years despite being a class above Walker and Trippier. One dip in form and he gets dropped.

  10. Alexander-Arnold not at the level of recent seasons - Southgate

    Gareth Southgate says Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold's omission is solely due to his club form but has backed him to regain his place in the future.

    "In some areas of the pitch we have incredible competition for places," said the England boss.

    "I don't think he has played to the level he found in the last couple of years but I think he is getting close to that now. He has taken steps in the right direction.

    "I have made that same call to Kyle [Walker] and Kieran [Trippier] in the past and their response was a good one. I am certain Trent will play a big part in the future."

    Ben Chilwell and Trent Alexander-Arnold
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    GoonerJohnAFC: Davinson Sanchez gets in the Spurs team ahead of Eric Dier. I think that tells you all you need to know!

    Matt Andrews: Ollie Watkins in the England squad has made my day. Shambles that Eric Dier is in there ahead of Ezri Konsa though.

    Roy Mainer: Dier over Konsa? That is so Southgate.

  12. Quarantine rules could rule out Bellingham - Southgate

    Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham has been named in the squad but Gareth Southgate says coronavirus restrictions in Germany could still mean he misses the matches.

    "We left him in the squad but at this moment it looks like quarantine rules in Germany will rule him out," Southgate said.

    "We are still investigating what is possible and we wanted to name him in the squad."

    Jude Bellingham
  13. Shaw 'has earned his chance' - Southgate

    Gareth Southgate on Luke Shaw's recall: "We often talk about coaches' and managers' impact on players but we have to give players a lot of credit.

    "In Luke's case he has been defending on the front foot. He's been aggressive in his defending and shows great ambition in his attacking play. We know he has the quality to do that.

    "He has earned his chance and deserves to be in."

    John Stones and Luke Shaw
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  15. Lingard, Stones & Shaw return to England squad

    Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Nick Pope (Burnley).

    Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham), 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, on loan from Manchester United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

    Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).

  16. Bamford & Alexander-Arnold among those to miss out

    Leeds striker Patrick Bamford had been widely tipped for a call-up but Gareth Southgate has turned to Ollie Watkins, who has impressed since joining Aston Villa from Brentford in the summer.

    Sam Johnstone, who has shone for the embattled west Brom this season, gets his maiden call-up following an injury to England number one Jordan Pickford.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold misses out on a squad that sees Luke Shaw, John Stones and Jesse Lingard return after long absences.

    Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho misses out through injury, while Jack Grealish, James Maddison and Tammy Abraham are not included having been dealing with issues of their own.

  17. BreakingJohnstone and Watkins earn first England call-up

    Jesse Lingard, John Stones and Luke Shaw have been recalled to the England squad while West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins have been called up for the first time.

    Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham has also been called up to Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad despite concerns over his availability due to regional coronavirus travel restrictions in Germany.

    The Three Lions open their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a triple header against San Marino (25 March), Albania (28 March) and Poland (31 March).

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  18. Kelleher & Bazunu named in Republic of Ireland squad

    Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher could make his senior debut after being named in the Republic of Ireland's squad for March's World Cup qualifiers.

    Stephen Kenny has called-up the 22-year-old despite a recent stomach injury, but regular goalkeeper Darren Randolph has been ruled out.

    Rochdale stopper Gavin Bazunu has received his first senior call-up.

    The Republic face Serbia and Luxembourg in their opening two qualifiers on 24 and 27 March. Kenny's side then face Qatar in a friendly in Hungary on 30 March.