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James Ward-Prowse has replaced Kalvin Phillips in England’s squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers after the Leeds midfielder withdrew through injury.
Phillips was assessed by medical staff last weekend after Leeds’ win over Watford and has been found unfit.
Ward-Prowse – who scored on Saturday and was sent off in Southampton’s 3-1 defeat to Chelsea – is already at St George’s Park with his England team-mates.
Gareth Southgate’s team will play against Andorra on Saturday and will receive Hungary at Wembley on Tuesday, October 12.
Phillips was a key player for England on their flight to the Euro 2020 final this summer, playing in all seven games and forming a solid partnership with Declan Rice in midfield.
Ward-Prowse was part of England’s preliminary squad for Euro 2020 – having played against Austria and Romania in both exhibition games – but was dropped from the roster for the tournament.
He joins Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell as late additions to the England squad.
Abraham and Chilwell were called up on Monday – four days after Southgate named his original team – after Reece James pulled out with an ankle injury.
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel described James’ call as a “misunderstanding” and joked that he thought the defender had been included in England’s water polo team because he was training in the pool while recovering from an injury.
England are four points ahead of second-placed Albania in Group I of the World Cup qualifiers with four games left to play.
They will complete their qualifying campaign next month with home games in Albania and away games in San Marino.
Abraham’s Return to Form in Rome
Ron Walker of Sky Sports:
“Italy” Gazzetta dello Sport The newspaper called ‘the Englishman’s stats are amazing’ after Abraham’s contribution to Roma’s 2-0 win over Empoli on Sunday finally tipped the balance in Southgate’s favour, prompting him to receive a recall from England.
“The ex-Chelsea man didn’t score in that game, but he did provide an assist as his attempt bounced off the woodwork for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to score at home. That was the sixth time Abraham had been denied by the goal frame since joining. the club in the summer, in addition to the four goals he has scored.
“Southgate will be happy with his goal – and near miss – as well as his contribution further down the field. In addition to his finish, Abraham is creating more opportunities for others than in his two full seasons at Chelsea, and if his heat card shows he is more involved outside the box.
There is even evidence that Mourinho’s confidence was boosted by a manager who was very happy with his new arrival. ‘There are some strikers who can be the best on the pitch even without scoring, that’s exactly how it went. to Empoli for Tammy,” he said ahead of the 24-year-old’s England recall.
“In the longer term, it will be an obvious battle for Abraham to move Harry Kane onto the international stage. At least for now his Italian job is paying off.”
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