England coach Gareth Southgate has signed a contract extension until 2022
It’s been a busy day for England head coach Gareth Southgate.
First it was announced that the Three Lions boss had signed a contract extension until 2022 and afterwards he named his squad for the Uefa Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain.
Southgate led England to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia and he has been rewarded with a contract extension until the next global tournament, in Qatar in four years’ time.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the national team through the next two major tournaments,” said Southgate.
“The job remains an incredible privilege and a true honour. Experiencing at first-hand how the nation united behind the team this summer was something special and it will be great to see how far this young squad can go in the years to come.”
England squad news
In the Nations League next week England face Croatia on 12 October followed by a trip to Spain on 15 October.
Southgate has named a 25-man squad and included for the first time are James Maddison (Leicester City), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) and Mason Mount (Derby County).
Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley returns to the squad for the first time since May 2016 and there are also recalls for Nathaniel Chalobah and Harry Winks. Raheem Sterling is selected after missing the September matches against Spain and Switzerland.
Goalkeepers: Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Derby County, on loan from Chelsea), Harry Winks (Tottenham)
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), James Maddison (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford, (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)