Wilshere back for England as Southgate brings in three new faces

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Jack Wilshere is expected to be named in Gareth Southgate's squad Credit GETTY IMAGES

"The key for me is that he's playing in the games that matter for Arsenal and he's been playing well". "We're desperate to go to a World Cup and that's where my remit ends".

England boss Gareth Southgate has called up Alfie Mawson and James Tarkowski for the forthcoming friendlies with Holland and Italy, while Jack Wilshere has been handed a recall.

Gareth Southgate said it was "a very hard call" to leave Gary Cahill out of the England squad.

Nick Pope confesses that England call-up was one of the last things on his mind while attempting to relaunch his career at non-league Bury Town.

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"Nick hasn't had any previous experience with us so we need to find out about him if we lose one of our senior goalkeepers". It's a great credit to him, his club and - I have to say - Sean Dyche in terms of the way they defend.

And Tarkowski went from Oldham Athletic to Blackburn and back, before moves to Brentford and Burnley.

"The England manager has been down to watch a few of the lads, and fortunately for me and Popey, we've got that chance to see what we can do".

He said: 'Hopefully now players are a bit different. When we're watching games, we have a much clearer idea in our heads of what we're looking for.

Wilshere could feature for the first time since England's miserable Euro 2016 campaign and Southgate hailed the midfielder's recovery.

Gary Cahill isn't with us this time, but he has huge experience, both for club and at worldwide level.

It's just three months away from the World Cup in Russian Federation, and players have just a handful of games to impress manager Gareth Southgate.

However, there is a recall for Manchester United's Ashley Young and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere.

Southgate, though, believes this is a more responsible generation and is not concerned about his players becoming distracted. It's a disappointment for us not to have Harry with us.

"And in those other matches, the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy have all stepped forward and scored important goals - and Jermain Defoe".

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