Gareth Southgate has named his first post-World Cup England squad with Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Joe Gomez recalled.
The Three Lions take on Spain at Wembley in their first ever UEFA Nations League fixture before visiting Leicester for a friendly clash against Switzerland.
These are the first international matches since the end of the summer’s World Cup, with England hoping to build on the optimism generated by their superb run to the semi-finals.
Dropped from Southgate’s 23-man World Cup squad are Gary Cahill and Jamie Vardy, who have both stepped back from international football to focus on their club careers, as well as Ashley Young, the Manchester United full-back.
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Young has been replaced by United team-mate Shaw, who last played for England in March 2017, winning his seventh cap in a defeat to Germany.
Joe Gomez has also returned to the fold after missing the finals through injury, while Adam Lallana, the midfielder, and centre-back James Tarkowski are named in the selection having been on the standby list for Russia.
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, of Southampton, has also been called up for the third time to replace injured Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.
Jack Butland retains his place in the squad despite Stoke’s relegation to the Championship, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek has also been selected even though he’s played just 22 minutes of Premier League football this season.
England squad for matches against Spain and Switzerland
Jordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)