Ivan Toney earns England recall after being named in squad for upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers
England squad announcement: Gareth Southgate calls up in-form Ivan Toney despite FA betting rules breaches, but Trent Alexander-Arnold and unfit Raheem Sterling are OUT while Kyle Walker is in
- Gareth Southgate has named his squad for England’s Euro 2024 qualifiers
- Ivan Toney and Conor Gallagher have earned surprise call-ups to the squad
- Rahem Sterling and Trent Alexander-Arnold have been dropped by Southgate
Ivan Toney has been handed an England recall, but Raheem Sterling and Trent Alexander-Arnold are shock omissions from Gareth Southgate’s first post-World Cup squad.
Brentford striker Toney, despite the prospect of a lengthy ban in connection with betting charges, has been selected.
Sterling, though, is not in the squad – but his omission is understood to be fitness related.
As Sportsmail first evealed this morning, Conor Coady has been cut from the party and been replaced with Marc Guehi.
Kyle Walker is in the squad despite hitting the headlines last week for an episode at a pub where he was accused of ‘flashing’ a woman.
Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been named as a shock inclusion in the England squad
Trent Alexander-Arnold (L) and Raheem Sterling (R) have been dropped for the qualifiers
Harry Maguire is also in the squad despite his lack of action at Manchester United.
Fit again Reece James and Ben Chilwell are back – but Alexander-Arnold is among the biggest casualties following a disappointing season at Anfield.
Toney’s recall comes at the expense of Callum Wilson, who was in the World Cup squad.
Explaining his decision, Southgate said he saw no reason not to pick him despite facing 262 breaches of the FA’s betting rules.
‘The fact is he is available for his club and there has not been a trial or judgement yet,’ Southgate said.
‘I don’t know on what basis we wouldn’t pick him.
‘Ivan has been consistent across the season. He is playing really well. I like his presence in games and he deserves his opportunity.’
Southgate said he saw no reason not to pick Ivan Toney despite pleading guilty to 262 breaches of the FA’s betting rules
The England boss also defended the call-up of Kyle Walker after an incident in a bar that saw him accused of ‘flashing’ a woman
On the controversial Walker call-up, Southgate said there was ‘no conclusive evidence’ to leave him out and said he had to be careful not to be the ‘moral judge’.
‘It is a complicated situation and I have spoken at length with him,’ Southgate said. amid an ongoing police investigation.
‘There is no conclusive evidence to leave him out at that stage.
‘I have to be very careful not to be the moral judge on things. We want him with us and feel it is the right thing to do.
‘When you are an England international there is an even high bar on how you conduct yourselves.’
‘This is a time in the season when you don’t want to carry too many if they’re not going to play because they can have a break and re-energise,’ Southgate said.
‘We always give clarity to those that have missed out.’