England squad announced ahead of September World Cup Qualifying

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Gareth Southgate has named his England squad for World Cup Qualifying fixtures against Malta and Slovakia.

Possible debuts could be on the horizon for Harry Maguire, Nathaniel Chalobah and Jordan Pickford, who have earned call-ups for their impressive form at club level.

Meanwhile, regulars such as Harry Kane, Gary Cahill and Joe Hart all feature, while 34-year-old veteran striker Jermain Defoe adds experience to a largely youthful squad.

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With Wayne Rooney having announced his retirement from international football, Jermain Defoe is now the highest-scoring active Three Lions players – netting 20 times in 57 caps – and the second-most capped player behind Joe Hart.

World Cup Qualifying Squad vs. Malta and Slovakia

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, Tom Heaton

Defenders: Gary Cahill, John Stones, Chris Smalling, Michael Keane, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Ryan Bertrand, Kyle Walker, Aaron Cresswell, Kieran Trippier

Midfielders: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jake Livermore, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nathaniel Chalobah, Jesse Lingard

Forwards: Harry Kane, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Jermaine Defoe

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