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- Updated: November 7, 2016
Gareth Southgate has revived Jack Wilshere’s international career by selection the midfielder in his squad for England’s games with Scotland and Spain this month.
Wilshere was part of the squad for Euro 2016 but since then he has been left out of squads by both Sam Allardyce and Southgate.
The midfielder has spoken about how his England snub pushed him to seek regular football on loan with Bournemouth and he has become a important player for Eddie Howe’s side.
Other notable inclusions are Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, who scored on his return from injury in the North London derby on Sunday, and Burnley defender Michael Keane who was called up as a replacement during the last international break.
Manchester United duo Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw are not included after they both missed their club’s 3-1 victory over Swansea City with knocks.
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is left out despite his good form for Everton whilst Michail Antonio, Nathan Redmond and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all also left out but Jesse Lingard and Andros Townsend are both included.
There’s no place either for Charlie Austin, the top scoring Englishman this season with eight goals in all competitions or Jermain Defoe who has six goals this season in the Premier League.
Phil Jagielka is in the squad despite speculation that Ben Gibson was going to be called up whilst Bournemouth’s Adam Smith is another who was tipped for a place but was not selected.
Speaking about his selections Southgate said “Over the last few weeks we’ve been looking at as many games as possible and keeping track of all of the players,
“There were some players that weren’t available to us last time with injury who are in good form that make the frame – the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling. It’s good to be able to welcome them back.
“Similarly Harry Kane. We had some good discussions with a lot of the clubs over the past few weeks, and Tottenham have been very helpful in terms of Harry’s availability. I’m grateful to Mauricio [Pochettino] for that.
“Of course, Jack Wilshere is a player that we feel has a lot of class and is now starting to get more 90-minutes under his belt. It’s good to bring him back into the squad.”
England face Scotland at Wembley on Friday 11 November looking to cement their place at the top of Group F in World Cup qualifying before hosting Spain in a friendly the following Tuesday.