Greenwood named in England squad for Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark

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Gareth Southgate has selected a squad containing a mix of youth and experience for the upcoming September fixtures

Manchester United teenager Mason Greenwood has been included in the England squad for September’s Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark, with team mate Harry Maguire initially picked before being dropped after being found guilty of aggravated assault.

Greenwood has been called into the senior squad for the first time by Gareth Southgate following an impressive breakthrough campaign for United.

The 18-year-old is one of four uncapped players in the squad, along with United team-mate Dean Henderson, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and midfielder Kalvin Phillips from promoted Leeds.

England will meet Iceland in Reykjavik on Saturday, September 5 before travelling to Copenhagen to take on Denmark three days later.

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Maguire will not figure in those fixtures. The United captain was found guilty of charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and repeated attempts of bribery after an incident in Greece last week. 

He was been named in Southgate’s latest selection before being dropped following the guilty verdict, although Maguire maintains his innocence and insists he will appeal.

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has been included. Fears were sparked when it was reported that the Citizens forward had been in attendance at a party which has since led to Jamaican sprint icon Usain Bolt taking in a spell of coronavirus-enforced quarantine.

Sterling is, however, another to make the cut and will be looking to offer useful experience to what is an exciting young squad.

Jadon Sancho is included once again, with the 20-year-old continuing to turn a deaf ear to the speculation linking him with a big-money move away from Borussia Dortmund.

Henderson fills one of the goalkeeping spots, having enjoyed another productive loan spell away from Old Trafford at Sheffield United, with Burnley shot-stopper Nick Pope also getting the nod.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane will take the armband once again, while Danny Ing – fresh from netting 25 goals for Southampton in the 2019-20 campaign - is back on the England radar five years after making his only senior international appearance to date.

The notable absentees from Southgate’s squad include Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish, who is still waiting on a first call-up, and Spurs midfielder Dele Alli, while Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, and Liverpool pair Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, are all missing as they are either nursing an injury or recovering from one.

England squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope

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Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Eric Dier, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, Harry Winks

Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Mason Greenwood, Danny Ings, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling

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