Gareth Southgate is considering calling Crystal Palace’s Tyrick Mitchell to the senior England squad for the first time after a series of injury and illness problems emerged over the weekend.
Southgate is meeting the rest of the England coaching staff on Monday to assess those who might step down and also decide which players he will add to his squad.
But he has a major problem in defence, with Luke Shaw the only remaining fit full-back on his roster – and he hasn’t played since late February, after recovering from injury and a Covid fight .
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is out for a few weeks with a strained hamstring, and Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has made it clear he wants Reece James to stay with the Blues to recover from a an injury, rather than join two friendly internationals at Wembley. .
Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell and Newcastle’s Kieran Trippier are still out with long-term injuries, and Bukayo Saka is performing so well on the right wing for Arsenal that Southgate will hate to drop him at left-back.
It means Mitchell is in a strong position for his first call-up – despite having never played for any of England’s youth teams.
The 22-year-old has made 33 appearances for Palace this season and caught the eye of the England manager.
“Tyrick, we were really impressed, he was very close [to a call-up]”, Southgate said last week. “I think he’s been very good with his defence, he comes out to people quickly and in the biggest games against the best opponents he’s done very well.
“Listen, who knows – we might have some changes over the weekend and he’s part of our thoughts.”
There are four right-backs in England’s U21 squad who will also come into Southgate’s thinking.
Southampton’s Tino Livramento, Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey, West Ham’s Ben Johnson and Nottingham Forest’s Djed Spence could each make the move to the senior team, although Southgate will bear in mind that the junior team will face two Premier League qualifiers. Euro over the next fortnight.
There are also goalkeeping issues, with Aaron Ramsdale ruled out for a few weeks with muscle strain, and Jordan Pickford still recovering from illness – despite playing in Loss 4 -0 from Everton against Palace yesterday.
Southgate has given the England players an extra day off as they head to their first international training camp of 2022, with the squad due to feature at St George’s Park on Tuesday.
Sancho unlucky but on the right track
“The other attacking players in the squad are slightly ahead of him at the moment,” Southgate said of why there is no Jadon Sancho in his last England squad.
But the omission of the Manchester United winger will come as a surprise to many.
Having been left out of the previous camp in November after starting just four Premier League games before former United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked, the 21-year-old has enjoyed a notable return to form under the boss’s stewardship. interim Ralf Rangnick.
After missing World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino last year, former Germany international Lothar Matthaus says Sky Sports News’ Sancho made a mistake leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer.
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The 25-man England squad
Guardians: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), Nick Pope (Burnley)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Wolves), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal)
MidfieldersJude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
AttackersTammy Abraham (Roma), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
England’s confirmed fixtures in 2022
Saturday March 26: Switzerland (h)
Tuesday 29 March : Ivory Coast (h)
June 4: Hungary (a)
June 8: Germany (a)
June 11: Italy (h)
June 14: Hungary (h)
September 23: Italy (a)
September 26: Germany (h)
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