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  • Updated: March 18, 2021

World Cup Qualifier: England Recall Lingard, Watkins Into Squad

Gareth Southgate has recalled on-loan West Ham United midfielder Jesse Lingard and Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins into his 26-man England squad for March World Cup qualifying matches against San Marino, Albania and Poland.

Lingard, who has 24 caps but has not featured since 2019, has been one of West Ham's standout players since arriving from Manchester United on loan in January, with four goals and two assists in six matches.

Watkins was rewarded with his first senior call-up for an impressive campaign in which he has scored 10 goals in 27 Premier League matches for Villa.

England manager Gareth Southgate named in-form Manchester United fullback Luke Shaw and Manchester City's John Stones as part of his backline while leaving out Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.

READ ALSO: Lingard Can Regain England Call — David Moyes

England face San Marino on 25 March before Group I matches against Albania (28 March) and Poland (31 March).

England Squad:

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone, Nick Pope

Defenders: Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Jesse Lingard, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Ollie Watkins

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