England are set to face Hungary, Germany, Italy and Hungary for a second time in the next three weeks, in what is arguably the hardest group in League A. It is the penultimate time that the squad will meet up before this winter’s World Cup in Qatar, and the games could decide how Southgate sculpts the squad to the Middle East.
England have called up uncapped West Ham United forward Jarrod Bowen for June’s Nations League matches against Hungary, Germany and Italy. He has scored 18 goals and provided 13 assists for the Hammers this season. Bowen, 25, was in contention for the previous England squad in March but was ruled out by a fractured foot bone.
Bowen’s call up felt inevitable, as he has impressed all season for a West Ham side who reached the semi finals of the Europa League and finished seventh in the Premier League.
Leicester City’s James Justin features for the first time and fellow defender Fikayo Tomori is recalled after helping AC Milan win the Serie A title. Tomori has been impressing for AC Milan for the past 18 months, since initially moving to Italy on loan from Chelsea, where he wasn’t getting enough first team football.
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips and Newcastle United defender Kieran Trippier return after injury. Marc Guehi was the surprise call up to Southgate’s squad last time, after impressing for Crystal Palace just months after moving from Chelsea.
England squad in full
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Wolves), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Reece James (Chelsea), James Justin (Leicester), Harry Maguire (Man Utd), John Stones (Man City), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Man City), Ben White (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace, on loan from Chelsea), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Roma), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Man City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Man City)