Football: England call up Dele Alli, Danny Ings for Euro 2016 qualifiers

Tottenham's Dele Alli celebrates after the game. Hodgson described Alli as "a very exciting talent."
Tottenham's Dele Alli celebrates after the game. Hodgson described Alli as "a very exciting talent."PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (THE GUARDIAN) - Roy Hodgson has given first senior England call-ups to the 19-year-old Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli and Liverpool's Danny Ings for the final two Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Alli, described by Hodgson as "a very exciting talent", was playing League One football last season, but with Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson injured, the teenager could find himself representing his country over the next couple of weeks.

Alli has played only eight first-team matches for Tottenham, who signed him from MK Dons last February but loaned him back for the remainder of the season. Six of his appearances for Spurs have come in the Premier League.

Ings also steps up to the senior squad for the first time, but there was no place for his Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge, with Hodgson opting to wait for the striker to recover full fitness.

Ryan Bertrand is recalled to the squad in place of Luke Shaw, who broke his leg in two places playing for Manchester United last month, while John Stones will have the opportunity to add to his six caps. Manchester United's centre-back Phil Jones is included having recovered from a blood clot in his calf, while his United team-mate Michael Carrick is also named for the double-header despite recent injury concerns.

There was no place in the squad for James Ward-Prowse or Jack Cork despite their recent good form, but Jamie Vardy, who has scored six goals for Leicester this season, is included.

England host Estonia at Wembley on Oct 9 before they travel to Lithuania for their final qualifier three days later. They have already qualified for Euro 2016, having won all eight of their matches so far.


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).