Glen back for Lions

South­gate names his first Eng­land squad and re­calls de­fender John­son

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY SAMI MOK­BEL/

Glen John­son was handed a shock Eng­land re­call on Sun­day night as Gareth South­gate an­nounced his first squad.

Jesse Lin­gard, Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain and Ryan Ber­trand were also called up by South­gate, but it was the re-in­tro­duc­tion of John­son that was the ma­jor sur­prise.

The for­mer Liver­pool full back has 54 caps, but hasn’t played for Eng­land since the World Cup loss to Uruguay in June 2014 and has only played in three Premier League matches this sea­son fol­low­ing a seven-month lay­off with in­jury.

But he has been handed an un­ex­pected re­turn to the in­ter­na­tional fold for World Cup qual­i­fiers against Malta and Slove­nia with Liver­pool right back Nathaniel Clyne un­avail­able with a knee in­jury.

John­son will al­most cer­tainly be un­der­study to Tot­ten­ham’s Kyle Walker, who is Eng­land’s first choice on the right side of de­fence.

Lin­gard has been re­warded for his en­cour­ag­ing start to the sea­son at Manch­ester United. The 23-year-old was named in Eng­land’s squad to face France in a friendly last year, but did not play.

There is also a place for Arse­nal for­ward Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain af­ter in­jury ruled him out of Euro 2016.

With Manch­ester United left back Luke Shaw un­avail­able with a groin prob­lem, Ber­trand will com­pete with Tot­ten­ham’s Danny Rose for a start­ing berth.

As an­tic­i­pated Mar­cus Rash­ford has re­placed in­jured Tot­ten­ham striker Harry Kane, while Le­ices­ter mid­fielder Danny Drinkwa­ter is in­jured so misses out.

There was no place for Ever­ton mid­fielder Ross Barkley or Bournemouth’s Jack Wil­shere. South­gate made a per­sonal check on Barkley against Crys­tal Palace on Fri­day night, while as­sis­tant Sammy Lee watched Wil­shere against Wat­ford on Satur­day.

West Ham for­ward Michail An­to­nio, who was handed a shock first call-up by Al­lardyce, keeps his place.

Adam Lal­lana misses out af­ter suf­fer­ing a groin in­jury in Liver­pool’s 2-1 win over Swansea and will have a scan to­day to de­ter­mine how long he faces on the side­lines amid fears he could miss the vi­tal clash against Manch­ester United on Oc­to­ber 17.

Stoke City’s Glen John­son in Premier League ac­tion on Septem­ber 24. /REUTERS

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