England 'desperate' to attend World Cup despite Russian Federation tensions

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Elsewhere, Adam Lallana has also earned a recall back to the side, despite only just returning from injury, and he has been joined by Liverpool teammates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez.

Nick Pope also of Burnley and Bournemouth's Lewis Cook are also selected.

Gareth Southgate has announced his England squad for the upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy, and there are a few suprises.

Selection-wise, I've talked before about players needing to be playing for their clubs - and playing well - but it's a bit more of a complex scenario in reality.

We can expect Leicester City to produce more England players in the near future, with players like Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray making giant strides forward under Claude Puel.

England manager Gareth Southgate handed an worldwide recall to Jack Wilshere on Thursday, while Burnley duo Nick Pope and James Tarkowski were called up for the first time for friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy later this month.

Suggestions the team would boycott the summer tournament have been played down but Southgate admits players' worries will be valid.

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"He is an important member of the squad so we wanted to keep him involved", the coach proclaimed. "We don't know how the next eight to ten weeks will pan out for all of our goalkeepers." .

With more established names at worldwide level such as Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill all failing to make the side, Lascelles can feel hard done by.

Pope is one four 'keepers included alongside Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart remained in the squad despite a hard season for West Ham United where he has been left out of the side for several games.

They kick off against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18 and Southgate says the safety of everybody associated with England is paramount.

England, who will be without star striker Harry Kane, travel to the Netherlands on Friday March 23 before welcoming Italy to Wembley on Tuesday March 27.

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