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Bamford call for the English team when Alexander-Arnold returns for Three Lions

Patrick Bamford is in line to make his debut in England after being included in the squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, while Trent Alexander-Arnold is back in the squad.

The Leeds star was named in the 25-man squad for the first time after impressive performances in the Premier League.

Liverpool full-back Alexander-Arnold has meanwhile been left out of the squad for Euro 2020, but Gareth Southgate has put him back in the picture for the clashes against Hungary, Andorra and Poland.

Alexander-Arnold and Bamford receive the call

Bamford were rewarded for their good record in Leeds with a call to the national team.

The 27-year-old striker appeared in the English Under-21s, but convinced Southgate to give him a place in the senior team after scoring 17 goals in the top flight last season.

Southgate said at a press conference: “There was an opportunity for us in the leading areas and this is now an opportunity for Patrick. I think his progress with Leeds has been excellent.”

Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, last appeared for the Three Lions in a friendly match against Austria before Euro 2020, but the 22-year-old suffered an injury and missed the tournament.

However, he recovered to start the new season with Liverpool, and he has played 90 minutes of both of their matches.

Who else is in and who is out?

In addition to Alexander-Arnold and Bamford, goalkeeper Nick Pope and Jesse Lingard were named in the 25-man list.

Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Ben Chilwell, Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford have all been left out.

Manchester United winger Mason Greenwood, who has not been part of the group since violating Covid-19 restrictions after his debut in September last year, was also left out.

Greenwood are starting strong this season, scoring goals in each of their Premier League games against Leeds and Southampton.

“I spoke to him and his club. He is a player we like a lot, and we think he has every chance of being a top English player,” Southgate told Greenwood reporters.

“We are all very aware that we are making progress at the right time. He is breaking through with a lot of responsibility at Manchester Untied and that is a lot for a young player.

“He’s in our minds. We’re all in line, Mason, the club, his family and us. The best thing for him after the first few games is to stay at his club.

“It’s clear from his performances that he justifies being in the group.”

When does England play?

The Three Lions visit Budapest to take on Hungary on September 2 and host Andorra at Wembley three days later.

Then, on September 8, they will face Poland in Warsaw.

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