England Recall Forster And Delph Ahead Of Slovenia, Lithuania Clashes

England have welcomed back Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster and Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph into their squad ahead of the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania.

Forster replaces injured Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton while Delph has also been named in the 26-man squad after some impressive showings for his club.

England host Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday, October 5 before they play Lithuania in Vilnius three days later as they continue their attempt to seal a place in Russia 2018.

Leicester City star Jamie Vardy and Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck also join Heaton on the sidelines with respective injuries.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has however been included in the squad despite the uncertainty surrounding his availability having been a subject of FIFA investigation for making a gesture in a recent World Cup qualifier.

The Nigerian-born player has repeatedly claimed that the gesture was made towards teammate Kyle Walker. Speaking about the matter, England coach Gareth Southgate said: “We have not heard anything at the moment.

“We run the risk of being a shambles because he might have to be withdrawn. We hope common sense prevails.” he added.

Full England Squad

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham)

Forwards: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)