Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and James Maddison have been handed their first senior England call-ups as Gareth Southgate doubled down on his focus on youth in arguably his boldest squad selection to date.
As the global break is upon us, England manager Gareth Southgate has named his latest squad for the Nations League games.
And Southgate has included Mount, the Chelsea attacking midfielder now on loan at Derby County, in his selection for the first time, while Leicester City star Maddison and Borussia Dortmund's Sancho are also in line to win their first caps.
Southgate spoke well of Daniel Sturridge after overlooking the Liverpool striker and insisted the door is still open to Joe Hart, despite plumping for uncapped Marcus Bettinelli and Alex McCarthy along with Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford.
"Jadon Sancho is definitely one of Europe's most exciting talents".
In nine games, he has scored once and provided eight assists.
Dele Alli, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard and Adam Lallana all miss the two Nations League fixtures through injury.
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the national team through the next two major tournaments", he said.
The countdown clock to 2022 has since been taken down at St George's Park, but the focus and hunger remain under Southgate.
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"The job remains an incredible privilege and a true honour".
Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn stated that England will eventually win the World Cup and European Championships when announcing Southgate's new deal - striking comments, albeit less forceful than former chairman Greg Dyke pinpointing silverware in Qatar.
"I feel as if there's still a chance to improve what we're doing", Southgate said after extending his contract.
Boothroyd told Football Paradise: "It's probably a little early for the boys but what we have seen is a strategy evolving that if players do get injured or come out of the first team, Gareth immediately looks at the under-21s".
FA chief executive Martin Glenn says England have unfinished business after Russian Federation, and under Southgate's leadership, the target is to cement a place in the top four of FIFA's world rankings.
"With the Premier League as it is we have to be creative, inventive and have to look longer term".
"He has performed remarkably well and has given everyone the belief that England can compete on a world stage again".
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