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Published: 20:43 | 2/10/16

Rashford and Lingard earn England call-up


England caretaker boss Gareth Southgate has called Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard into his first squad.

Rashford and Lingard, who were involved in United’s 1-1 draw at home to Stoke have impressed since Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford.

Arsenal midfielder, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has also been named in the squad that will face Malta on the 8th of October and Slovenia on the 11th.

Stoke's Glen Johnson returns to the England set-up for the first time since 2014 and Southampton's Ryan Bertrand also get the nod from Southgate.

Southgate, takes charge of the remaining four games after former boss Sam Allardyce was sacked after 67 days in charge.

"We've tried to keep some continuity from last month, because my view would be that there are a lot of things that have been going right." Southgate told the FA website.

"We've had a few people unavailable through injury like Harry Kane and Jack Butland, and we've lost a couple over the weekend in Danny Drinkwater, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne, while Luke Shaw isn't quite back fit yet. That's had a bearing on the squad.

"There are obviously a couple of players that I've worked with in the U21s in Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, who we think are exciting young players who we wanted to put in this squad. "

The former Middlesbrough coach also declared how he was looking forward to working with the players.

"However, we are in a position now where it's important to get the squad named. I'm looking forward now to working with the players, because it's important that we build on the performance and the result against Slovakia [a 1-0 victory]."

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