Southgate names Rashford, Lingard in England squad for World Cup qualifiers

England caretaker manager Gareth Southgate has named his 23-man squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.

As expected Marcus Rashford makes the cut, with Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy the other strikers chosen.

Rashford’s Manchester United team-mate Jesse Lingard is a more surprising inclusion, however, while Theo Walcott also joins Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli in the list of midfielders, along with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Michail Antonio.

Veteran defender Glen Johnson, now at Stoke, is also recalled.

England play Malta and Slovenia on 8 and 11 October respectively.

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Torino, loan from Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley);

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Stoke City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur);

Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Michail Antonio (West Ham United), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)

Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

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