England will take on Euro rivals Spain and Croatia in the UEFA Nations League starting on Saturday at Wembley.
The new competition, which takes place in September, October and November 2018 and the Three Lions were drawn out in group four of League A to set up four games with Spain and Croatia, both home and away, in a group now containing two world cup last four teams
England, world cup semi finalists with a young team have dropped from Southgate’s Gary Cahill and Jamie Vardy, who have both stepped back from international football to focus on their club careers, as well as Ashley Young, the Manchester United full-back.
Young has been replaced by United team-mate Shaw, who last played for England in March 2017, winning his seventh cap in a defeat to Germany.
Joe Gomez has also returned to the fold after missing the finals through injury, while Adam Lallana, the midfielder, and centre-back James Tarkowski are named in the selection having been on the standby list for Russia.
Spain have dropped Barcelona’s Jordi Alba dropped from their squad ahead of the Nations League fixtures against England and Croatia. The 29-year-old left-back, who has 66 international caps, joins Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke and Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas in being omitted from Luis Enrique’s first 24-man squad. Iniesta has retired
Enrique took up the role of Spain manager in July after a poor World Cup campaign – led by Fernando Hierro after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the tournament – which saw the team crash out to hosts Russia in the last 16.
Full Spain squad
Goalkepeers: David de Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Pau Lopez
Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Diego Llorente, Inigo Martinez, Jose Gaya, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Raul Albiol
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Rodrigo, Saul Niguez, Dani Ceballos, Thiago Alcantara
Forwards: Isco, Marco Asensio, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Alvaro Morata, Suso
Odds for the game with William Hill have Spain marginal favourites at 13/8, England 17/10 and the draw the 9/4 underdog With a cegey match likely for the frist game of what will be a tight group the 9/4 about the draw appeals