Michail Antonio has received a surprise call-up to Sam Allardyce’s England squad, which also sees Luke Shaw and Theo Walcott return.
Sam Allardyce has known as up West Ham winger Michail Antonio for his first England squad.
Just after scoring two targets in his side’s very first 3 Premier League games, the 26-year-old has been handed a debut senior call-up for England’s initial World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on September 4.
From the players who missed Euro 2016, Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, Everton’s Phil Jagielka, Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater and Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott all return to the fold.
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart can also be incorporated in Allardyce’s 23-man squad regardless of losing his spot in his club side’s beginning line-up, with a transfer just before Wednesday’s deadline searching increasingly likely following the signing of Claudio Bravo.
Wayne Rooney, who’s waiting to learn if he will keep his status as captain in the Allardyce era, is named, but intriguingly listed as a midfielder inside the Football Association’s squad announcement.However it will be the call-up for West Ham’s Antonio that’s the biggest surprise, with all the former Nottingham Forest player ecstatic at his selection for the national side.
He told West Ham Tv: “I’m overwhelmed. I got slightly emotional when I discovered out. It is just among these items that I’ve generally dreamt of playing for England as a kid, so now for it to happen following I’ve worked my way from non-league to where I am now, I am just so happy.
“I never even know what to say – words can not clarify how happy I am! I just give my all each and every time I go around the field, so for me to become called-up by England, I don’t know what to say.
“All I can do is go available around the international stage and show there’s a purpose why the gaffer has referred to as me up.
“I did not think that it would take place this quick, but I usually mentioned to myself that if I could get in to the Premier League and hold playing the way I do, hopefully I could get in to the England squad.
“I turned down an approach from Jamaica in March and for this to take place so rapidly, I’m buzzing!”
England squad to play Slovakia:
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley).
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Michail Antonio (West Ham United), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).
Strikers: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).