Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has been given his first England call-up following the withdrawals of Marcus Rashford and Harry Winks from squad for Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark
The 24-year-old could make his international debut in England’s Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark, after he was left out as Southgate named his initial squad last week.
Southgate explained Grealish’s omission was down to the presence of “incredible players” in the squad already who play in the same position, mentioning the likes of Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford.
Manchester United forward Rashford took to social media to explain his absence shortly after his withdrawal was confirmed on Monday.
“Gutted – never want to let this team down but these fixtures just came a little too soon for me. I tried my best but I have to focus on starting the season at my strongest for club and country. Good luck boys, I’ll be cheering you on from home,” Rashford wrote on Twitter.
Grealish’s addition follows Saturday’s call-ups for Wolves defender Conor Coady and Arsenal full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who are both also included for the first time.
England face Iceland in Reykjavik on Saturday in their first fixture since last November, before travelling to Copenhagen to face Denmark three days later.