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Danny Ings and Dele Alli named in the England squad

Sports Editor in News 1 Oct 2015

Liverpool striker Danny Ings and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli have been called up to the England national squad for the first time.

England manager Roy Hodgson has named a 24-man squad for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania on Friday, October 9 and Monday, October 12.

With England already qualified for Euro 2016 in France Hodgson has opted to look at different options and Ings and Alli looking to prove they can handle the step up following a decent start to the 2015/16 Premier League season.

When the squad was announced many people expected a Liverpool striker to be named but it was a surprise that Ings got the call up and not the back in form Daniel Sturridge.

Teenager Alli has impressed at Spurs following his move from MK Dons and after handling the step up from the lower leagues he will now get the chance to see if he can compete with the best on a regular basis.

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand is back in favour following the injury to Manchester United's Luke Shaw, while Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy gets another chance to prove he is an international forward.

England squad to face Estonia and Lithuania:

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley).

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Forwards: Danny Ings (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).