Phil Foden has been recalled to the England squad after being cut from the team in September for breaching coronavirus protocols.

Manchester City midfielder Foden and Manchester United attacker Mason Greenwood were sent home following the Nations League clash with Iceland.

Manager Gareth Southgate left the duo out of his squad for international fixtures in October to "send a message" that stepping out of line with England will not be tolerated.

Foden has now been restored to the squad, though there was no space for Mason Greenwood despite Harvey Barnes being overlooked and Danny Ings missing out through injury.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday regarding Greenwood, Southgate said: "Firstly, we've huge belief in him as a young player, he's on an incredible trajectory for someone so young.

"So, although this may be a disappointment for him, there's a huge amount of time ahead for him.

"He's an outstanding finisher and goal-scorer. He's not had a huge amount of football lately but this is an incredibly long season and he only had a short break at the end of last season.

"He's at a club that cares for young players very well, deals with young players well, they've managed his trajectory to this point extremely well and I know they'll continue to do that.

"I've spoken to Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer, United manager] this week and we are aligned in helping him to be the best player he can possibly be."

Southgate also insisted that Foden's call-up is completely disconnected from Greenwood's situation.

"They don't come as a pair," he added. "They're individual players with their own strengths. We are looking at the balance of the squad positionally.

"Phil has had quite a lot of football with his club. As for Mason, I've had a good chat with Ole. I think it's better to stay with his club.

"There was no carry-over [from the Iceland incident]. That's done. Both are available for selection. Both are going to be very good players.

"They're now judged on the football but they're both in areas where there is a lot of competition."

Raheem Sterling is available again after missing the previous three matches due to injury, while Reece James retained his place despite being shown a red card at the end of the 1-0 loss to Denmark in October.

James and Harry Maguire, who also saw red against Denmark, will miss the Nations League meeting with Belgium on November 15.

England face the Republic of Ireland next Thursday and follow the clash with Belgium by hosting Iceland at Wembley three days later.

 

England squad:

Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley); Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Reece James (Chelsea), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City); Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham); Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Phil Foden has been recalled to the England squad after being cut from the team in September for breaching coronavirus protocols.

Manchester City midfielder Foden and Manchester United attacker Mason Greenwood were sent home following the Nations League clash with Iceland.

Manager Gareth Southgate left the duo out of his squad for international fixtures in October to "send a message" that stepping out of line with England will not be tolerated.

Foden has now been restored to the squad, though there was no space for Mason Greenwood despite Harvey Barnes being overlooked and Danny Ings missing out through injury.

Raheem Sterling is available again after missing the previous three matches due to injury, while Reece James retained his place despite being shown a red card at the end of the 1-0 loss to Denmark in October.

Danny Ings will not play again for England until March 2021 at the earliest after the Southampton striker was ruled out for up to six weeks.

Ings enjoyed an outstanding 2019-20 season at Saints after his move from Liverpool was made permanent, scoring 22 Premier League goals and forcing his way into Gareth Southgate's England squad.

The 28-year-old featured against Iceland in September and then netted his first Three Lions goal at home to Wales last month, but he suffered a knee injury at Aston Villa last week.

Initial results were "favourable", Saints said, but coach Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed on Wednesday the forward was set for "small surgery" and would miss "four to six weeks".

Ings will not recover in time for the November international break - the final England fixtures of 2020 - as the race to be selection by Southgate for the European Championship hots up.

Using Opta data, we look at the other leading strikers contending for places in that squad.
 

HARRY KANE

England's captain and the Golden Boot winner at the 2018 World Cup, Kane will - barring major injury - make the squad. But the Tottenham man is not being picked on name alone. Kane has six goals and eight assists in the league this season, attempting more shots (31) and creating more chances (14) than any other forward in the pool.

MARCUS RASHFORD

Rashford has dominated the headlines in recent months for his work battling child poverty in England, but he is delivering on the pitch as well. While many of his best performances have been reserved for the Champions League, the Manchester United forward has scored from both of his Premier League big chances - the only potential pick with a 100 per cent record - and has two assists from nine key passes.

TAMMY ABRAHAM

Chelsea's significant investment ahead of this season appeared to limit Abraham's opportunities, but the striker has still played 288 minutes in the league and provided both a goal and an assist.

DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN

Calvert-Lewin might have already jumped ahead of Ings in the queue even before this injury. The Everton frontman, who scored against Wales on his international debut, is the Premier League's leading marksman with eight goals - one every 76 minutes.

MASON GREENWOOD

Ings is not the only forward to have been selected this season who is now sweating on his place. Greenwood departed early following his first call-up due to an off-field incident and has since struggled to impress in a United shirt. He has no goals and no assists in the Premier League this term, creating just two chances.

CALLUM WILSON

Wilson was in Southgate's plans before struggling last term as Bournemouth were relegated. He has rediscovered his best form since joining Newcastle United, though, scoring six goals from just 16 shots - an impressive conversion rate of 37.5 per cent - and creating seven chances.

PATRICK BAMFORD

An unlikely candidate, Bamford was surely not expected to be in this conversation but has scored as many as Kane and Wilson this season while outperforming Rashford, Abraham and Greenwood. The Leeds United forward has taken just two of his eight big chances, however.

JAMIE VARDY

If he can be tempted out of international retirement, there is surely only one choice as Southgate considers replacements for Ings. Vardy scored and supplied an assist against Leeds on Monday, and his statistics as a pure striker blow away all others. The 33-year-old has seven goals - one every 67 minutes - and has scored with an outstanding 53.9 per cent of his shots. No rival has been in position for as many big chances as his 10 and he has taken seven of them.

Wayne Rooney has backed Dominic Calvert-Lewin to build on his impressive start with England, believing the Everton forward deserved an opportunity at international level ahead of Tammy Abraham. 

Calvert-Lewin scored 15 goals in all competitions for his club in the 2019-20 season but had to patiently wait for his chance at international level.

However, a great start to the new campaign led to a debut for the 23-year-old against Wales this month. He seized the opportunity, finding the net in a 3-0 triumph for Gareth Southgate's side at Wembley.

Abraham, meanwhile, made his England bow back in 2017, his chance coming at a time when he was still yet to break into the first-team picture at Chelsea. 

In his column for the Sunday Times, Rooney raised concerns over players based in the north having to "work harder" to get an England call-up.

On Calvert-Lewin, Rooney stated: "For England, he can become an important member of the squad and it's great seeing him finally recognised at international level. 

"I've always thought young lads from the north have to work harder to get their England opportunities than boys from the big southern clubs.  

"I felt Calvert-Lewin deserved his chance before Chelsea's Tammy Abraham."

Calvert-Lewin has scored seven times in the Premier League already this term, helping Carlo Ancelotti's Everton make the early running. 

Rooney saw the forward at close quarters when he returned for a second spell at his boyhood club and has praised the work done by coach Duncan Ferguson in Calvert-Lewin's development. 

"Dominic always had it in him and the big question mark was whether he could score consistently enough, but now that is coming through game time," Rooney continued.

"When I returned to Everton he was entering his second season with the club. I looked at him in training and thought 'he has everything'. 

"He was quick, strong, good in the air. His only downfall was he was snatching at chances but he was already working hard to correct that and Duncan Ferguson deserves a lot of credit because Duncan would always stay with him after training and give him finishing drills." 

England manager Gareth Southgate pledged to stand by Harry Maguire after the defender was sent off during Wednesday's 1-0 Nations League defeat to Denmark.

Manchester United captain Maguire collected a pair of first-half bookings for rash challenges on Yussuf Poulsen and Kasper Dolberg to continue a miserable few weeks on and off the field.

Christian Eriksen scored the only goal for Denmark shortly afterwards, dispatching a 35th-minute penalty after Kyle Walker was harshly adjudged to have impeded Thomas Delaney.

Southgate praised England's performance with 10 men and felt they had "come through as a more resilient group" after an international break that also featured wins over Wales and Belgium.

But much of the conversation afterwards centred upon Maguire, who missed England's September internationals after being arrested while on holiday in Greece and found guilty of assault and attempted bribery.

The 27-year-old's appeal and pending retrial nullifies that conviction, but he has struggled to find solace in his football amid a ragged opening to 2020-21 with United, who lost 6-1 to Tottenham in their last Premier League outing.

"He's a top player. He's a massive part of what we do," Southgate told Sky Sports.

"He's having a period where he's having a lot of sticks thrown his way. He's big enough to come through that. He has our support and his club will be the same

"We have total belief in him. He's been getting all sorts for a while, from some people who should know better.

"None of us like to be in the centre of that sort of storm. When you're a bit older you can rationalise it and come to terms with it. He's experiencing it for the first time, although no player gets to the level he's been without having setbacks.

"His profile has changed because of the club he plays at and his success with us. He's got to keep going and the tide will turn."

Debutant Reece James also received a red card for dissent after full-time, while Walker was dismissed during England's 1-0 win over Iceland last month.

The Manchester City full-back's penalty concession was the third time England have afforded opponents a chance from 12 yards during the Nations League.

Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell have all been missing at various stages of the Nations League campaign due to violating coronavirus protocols and Southgate conceded questions were there to be asked of the discipline in his squad.

"It's an obvious question that we're going to be asked. We've put ourselves in unnecessary situations off the field," Southgate added.

"The reds we've had - for Kyle in Iceland and Harry here - are with one of the yellows justified and the other one I'm not so certain

"We've got to learn from it because if you go to 10 men in a tournament, historically that means we're out, especially if you're doing it for an hour.

"That why I'm so pleased with the reaction of the players at the end."

Southgate also reserved praise for Chelsea full-back James, who impressed on his full England debut before erring in the aftermath of the final whistle.

"That's a lesson he's got to learn. He had an incredible debut, he's impressed me all week," he said.

"Until that moment he'd showed great maturity. It's ended up something that shouldn't have happened but for the overall week he's made a positive impression."

England manager Gareth Southgate was left confused by stories claiming he was on a collision course with Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho regarding the fitness of Harry Kane.

Before the international break, Mourinho urged Southgate to use Kane sparingly across England's triple-header.

Spurs had endured a particularly gruelling schedule prior to Kane joining up with England, and the striker missed the friendly win over Wales due to a thigh issue.

But he featured for the final 24 minutes of Sunday's win over Belgium and Southgate indicated on Monday that the Tottenham talisman will start against Denmark this Wednesday.

A host of British media outlets subsequently suggested Southgate would incur the wrath of Mourinho with such a decision.

But Southgate is baffled by such thoughts, adamant that at no point has Kane been suffering from an injury, rather he was struggling with muscle fatigue.

"I don't really understand the story," Southgate told reporters. "He's been fully fit since the end of last week.

"He would've started the last game but didn't have enough training time. He's fit, available. I didn't really understand the stories that have been run.

"That's certainly not the conversation we've been having with Spurs medically, and not the conversation we've been having in camp.

"He hasn't had an injury. He was feeling muscle soreness, which often can happen, but no injury at any point.

"We don't risk players, we've never risked a player. Injuries during matches are unavoidable. We pride ourselves on looking after the players. We want them fit, as sharp as possible."

Kane is expected to be in Premier League action again with Spurs on Sunday as West Ham visit.

With three goals and six assists, Kane has more goal involvements than anyone else in the Premier League this term, two ahead of team-mate Son Heung-min.

Similarly, only Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah (both 14), Son (13) and James Rodriguez (12) have created more chances than Kane (11) in 2020-21, with the England striker beginning the campaign in electrifying form.

England will be without Ben Chilwell and Kieran Trippier for Wednesday's Nations League clash with Denmark.

The pair withdrew from the squad on Tuesday, reducing Gareth Southgate's pool of available players to 28.

Chelsea full-back Chilwell, who was absent for the opening two fixtures of the international break after breaching COVID-19 restrictions, is thought to be suffering from a foot injury.

Atletico Madrid defender Trippier's reason for withdrawing is reportedly personal.

England recorded an impressive 2-1 win over Belgium at Wembley on Sunday, when Trippier played the full match.

Gareth Southgate is hopeful star forward Harry Kane will be fit to start for England when they meet Denmark in the Nations League on Wednesday.

Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho called on Southgate not to use Kane in all three of England's fixtures during the international break, with Tottenham having had a congested start to the 2020-21 campaign.

Kane scored twice as Spurs dismantled Manchester United 6-1 in the Premier League on October 4, before reporting for England duty later that day.

However, the 27-year-old had a scan on a thigh issue and was not involved in a friendly match against Wales on Thursday, and started on the bench against Belgium on Sunday before replacing Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the 66th minute.

Despite Mourinho's concerns, though, England boss Southgate is confident his captain will be able to start against the Danes on Wednesday.

"Well, medically, there's been conversations, because that would always be the case," Southgate told reporters when asked if England had been in contact with Spurs.

"He reported on the Sunday, we gave players that reported on Sunday, who weren't involved in the Wales game for us, we gave them two days' recovery.

"He started to train on the Wednesday, was a little unhappy with how he felt, so then worked with our medical team the next couple of days, we scanned just to be certain but it's a muscular fatigue issue rather than an injury, so it just needed a bit more confidence.

"He knew by then he could push on a little bit, but he just needed a bit more confidence in it, and so his training week really wasn't suitable to start the game.

"I think he'll have gained more confidence from the spell he had against Belgium, and so all being well, we hope he'll be good to start on Wednesday."

It is not difficult to understand Mourinho's concerns, given Spurs' reliance on their star forward.

Kane made 29 league appearances last season, missing nine matches in the top flight.

Of the games he missed, Tottenham won just three, scoring 12 goals in total, compared to 49 goals and 13 victories with Kane in the side, while he already has three top-flight goals and six assists to his name this term.

Spurs' next Premier League outing comes on Sunday, with Mourinho's men hosting London rivals West Ham.

Gareth Southgate still sees room for improvement for England but described the hard-fought Nations League win over Belgium as a "big moment" for his players.

Mason Mount's deflected strike earned England a 2-1 triumph at Wembley over opponents who had not previously suffered defeat since November 2018.

The two teams had traded penalties in a first half that saw Belgium largely on top, yet England improved after the break to make it 20 victories in their last 21 competitive home matches.

While remaining grounded after beating a team sitting top of the FIFA rankings, Southgate was delighted with how the hosts performed, particularly from a defensive standpoint.

"We've got loads that we can get better at. We are not carried away by this win, we've got to back it up against Denmark, first and foremost," he told Sky Sports.

"We know the quality of the opponent today is the level we have got to aspire to on a consistent basis.

"There will be fewer chances in these games, they are games of concentration, games of detail. For our guys to come through that is a big moment for us.

"We can be a free-flowing, free-scoring team, but against the very best, the detail of how you defend as a team has to be absolutely bang on. In the second half we got that right. In the first half we struggled with their quality and movement."

Southgate pinpointed how many problems Belgium posed, particularly in an opening half that saw Romelu Lukaku open the scoring from the spot before Marcus Rashford levelled.

However, the England boss feels the experience will be a long-term benefit to some of his younger, less-experienced internationals when it comes to their development.

"They are a top side, an absolute top side. We knew some of the questions they would ask us, down the sides of our defensive block, but to answer those questions is more difficult," he said.

"The timing of their runs and overloading us in wide areas, there is so much decision making for our players, defensively, to make. For sure, they caused us problems with that – and we didn't retain the ball well enough in our build-up.

"We were a bit slow to move the ball up the pitch, we didn't ask enough questions over stretching them, which would have allowed us to drop players lower as well.

"But it was a top-level game and we had a lot of young players there - [Declan] Rice, Mount, Trent [Alexander-Arnold] - for whom that was a really great experience.

"You don't come into these games and play their sort of quality, their level of team, without having to deal with those problems. We had to see that spell through, and what pleased me was that we had the resilience to do so."

Southgate also singled out Kieran Trippier, lining up on the left side of the defence, for special praise, adding: "He was like a soldier out there – an unbelievable defensive performance."

Mason Mount's deflected strike earned England a 2-1 Nations League victory over a Belgium side who suffered defeat for the first time in almost two years.

Belgium beat England twice at the 2018 World Cup and were ahead after 15 minutes at Wembley through Romelu Lukaku's penalty, awarded when the Inter forward was brought down by Eric Dier.

It was the first goal Gareth Southgate's side had conceded in a year but they drew level before the interval, Thomas Meunier conceding a soft spot-kick from which Marcus Rashford scored.

Having spent much of the first half on the back foot, England looked reinvigorated for the second period and got their reward when Mount's shot looped off Toby Alderweireld and beyond Simon Mignolet's reach, as the world's top-ranked footballing nation were beaten for the first time since November 2018.

Yannick Carrasco lashed home what appeared to be an 11th-minute opener, but Timothy Castagne was adjudged offside in a position that was obstructing the view of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

The hosts were looking to keep a seventh consecutive clean sheet, which would have constituted an England record, but those hopes were scuppered when Dier felled Lukaku in the box and the forward picked himself up to convert the spot-kick.

Lukaku produced a dominant display that summed up Belgium's early control of the contest, with England struggling to get a foot on the ball or lay a finger on the former Manchester United star.

But Southgate's side were handed a route back into the match when Jordan Henderson went down under minimal contact from Meunier and Rashford confidently fired home from 12 yards.

Belgium saw a 12-game winning run halted with Thursday's 1-1 draw versus Ivory Coast, while England were seeking a 20th win from 21 home matches, ensuring neither side was likely to willingly budge an inch in the second half.

It was England who started the period with a greater purpose but it took until the 64th minute for the next goal to arrive, Mount's shot ricocheting off Alderweireld and over Mignolet.

Roberto Martinez's men tried to force the issue inside the final 20 minutes, with Carrasco stabbing narrowly wide and Lukaku thwarted soon after, while substitute Harry Kane missed an excellent headed chance at the other end.

What does it mean? England grind it out

On paper, England's starting line-up appeared to lack a creative edge and that was borne out in a first-half display in which the hosts produced just two shots.

But the Three Lions stuck at their task, stayed in the contest and ensured their organisation and rigid shape were strengths rather than hindrances. 

Belgium's own creative talents failed to create a goal from open play, which will be a source of huge pride for Southgate, whose side top Group A2.

What's next?

England host Denmark on Wednesday, having been held to a 0-0 draw in Copenhagen, while Belgium head to Iceland after thrashing the same opposition 5-1 on home soil.

Marcus Rashford received a "special applause" in England training on Saturday after he was awarded an MBE for his fight against child hunger in the United Kingdom, Gareth Southgate revealed.

It was confirmed on Friday that Rashford had been named on the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to vulnerable children in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Manchester United and England striker successfully lobbied the government to continue its policy of providing free school meals for underprivileged children into the summer months, ensuring vouchers would stay available.

The 22-year-old also partnered with the charity FareShare and assisted in the raising of £20million to help provide free meals amid the pandemic, while he has worked with supermarkets and food brands to create a taskforce focused on the tackling of child food poverty.

In an acceptance statement posted to his social media channels on Friday, Rashford spoke of his pride at the achievement but continued to put pressure on prime minister Boris Johnson to extend the voucher scheme.

His England team-mates and Southgate applauded him as training started on Saturday, with the manager left astonished by Rashford's impact and social conscience.

"Firstly, it's an amazing achievement, it's wonderful for him and his family for the recognition, but he didn't start this for recognition," Southgate said on Saturday.

"He started it because it was something he was affected by and something he cared passionately about and for someone of his age to be able to make the difference he has is phenomenal.

"We are all very proud of him. We gave him a special round of applause this morning because, as a group, we are very close.

"We've watched him grow up – I say grow up, he's still only 22, so… You can only marvel at what he's achieved and the difference he's made to kids who will understand and kids who don't yet understand but will be incredibly grateful in years to come."

Jadon Sancho and Tammy Abraham are back in England contention again after missing the friendly win over Wales due to breaching coronavirus protocols.

Sancho, Abraham and Ben Chilwell were left out of the squad for Thursday's 3-0 victory after it emerged earlier in the week they had attended a party last Saturday.

The trio were at a surprise birthday party thrown for Chelsea striker Abraham, who insisted he had no prior knowledge of it and subsequently apologised.

British tabloid The Sun claimed approximately 20 people were at the event despite United Kingdom regulations prohibiting meetings of more than six people in social situations.

Sancho also took responsibility for his actions in an apology posted to his official Instagram account, with Southgate confirming the players would be missing for at least the Wales friendly.

Southgate said their availability to face Belgium in Sunday's Nations League encounter depended on them passing UEFA-mandated coronavirus tests two days before, and they were given the go-ahead to return to training on Saturday.

"Tammy and Jadon both trained this morning, so everyone is available," Southgate told reporters.

"They've obviously missed a bit of training, so that's a bit of a concern in terms of their load through the week but no, it [the punishment] is done, that situation is done.

"They are back with the group and we move forward."

Chilwell remains a doubt for Sunday's match, however, as he was unable to take the UEFA test on Friday due to a non-coronavirus related illness.

"So, Ben will be tested today and we have to wait for the results of that test tomorrow and then we can make a decision from there medically on that," Southgate added.

A player who impressed in Sancho's absence on Thursday was Jack Grealish, who set up Dominic Calvert-Lewin's opener on his first England start.

But Southgate was eager to calm comparisons between Aston Villa playmaker Grealish and Three Lions great Paul Gascoigne.

"I'm very conscious, I don't want to be dampening the enthusiasm for Jack, I always answer honestly about people, but when you talk about Gascoigne, there's not a player in English history at that level, in my opinion," he said.

"But I don't want that to be seen as a criticism of Jack. In many ways, Gascoigne was unique, such an incredible player, it's a bit like talking about Bobby Moore.

"I think what we have to say is, young players who come through, we shouldn't burden them with comparing them to someone else, their own talents are unique.

"I kind of understood some of the comparison, but I think Gascoigne was on another level to anyone else I played with."

Jack Grealish is a player in the mould of Paul Gascoigne but will struggle to dislodge the likes of Raheem Sterling from England's starting line-up, says ex-Three Lions boss Steve McClaren.

Aston Villa attacking midfielder Grealish made his first England start against Wales on Thursday and put on a man-of-the-match display in the 3-0 Wembley win.

One particular highlight was a gorgeous assist for debutant Dominic Calvert-Lewin to open the scoring in the 26th minute, while his general play on the ball was a real asset to England.

Grealish has also been influential for a Villa side who have won three from three in the top flight this season, scoring with each of his three shots on target, while he became the first player to have a hand in five goals in a Premier League match when his side thrashed champions Liverpool 7-2.

But still he has struggled to make the breakthrough on the international stage under Gareth Southgate and McClaren says the 25-year-old has to keep earning the trust of the manager as he offers the team something others in the squad do not.

"What a performance, he's really matured. He's the focal point of the Aston Villa team, he needs good players around him, and what Aston Villa have bought this season is good players," McClaren told Stats Perform News. 

"You saw him link up with [Ross] Barkley at the weekend against Liverpool and play two exquisite passes which no one else could play and see and we haven't got that type of midfield player, striker, creative player.

"We haven't had it for a long time, that Gazza type, he is that type.

"Yes he can frustrate at times, but he produces now, he's got end product, he can score, he can assist and it showed in the goal that Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored.

"So, I think he was a major plus. He's got to gain the trust of the manager that's the most important thing, and if he does that he should be in the England team because with good players around him he becomes a better player."

However, McClaren feels Grealish will have trouble nailing down a starting spot, particularly when Manchester City forward Sterling is fit again, due to Southgate's preference for pace in attacking positions. 

"Unfortunately, no [I don't think he'll be in the team]," he added. "Because when you play as you do, 3-4-3 or a 4-3-3, Gareth has gone for speed in the wide areas.

"He's looking at [Jadon] Sancho, Sterling, at [Marcus] Rashford, [Mason] Greenwood – he's looking at speed. 

"Jack hasn't got speed, he's got dribbling ability, he can glide by players, he can see a pass, he doesn't give it away, he can create, he can see things, so he's a different type of player, a different type of wide player. 

"Jack will be useful in terms of being on the bench and when you're 1-0 down or we need to win a game, bring Jack on because he can cause defences havoc whether he plays eight, 10, 11 or seven. 

"He'll cause problems, so he's a tremendous asset to have on the bench or in the squad. But there's still a long way to go before Jack Grealish becomes a permanent England player, still a lot to do."

McClaren was not surprised it took Grealish so long to earn a call-up to the national team, citing a lack of positional discipline during his formative years and the fact he is a "luxury player".

He likened the situation to the one experienced with Joe Cole when assistant to Sven-Goran Eriksson.

"He was a luxury player and you can't have luxury players, at Aston Villa you can't have a luxury players," McClaren said. 

"Sometimes it takes a while to mature and bring great discipline into your game, a lot of people talk about Gazza and the likes of Joe Cole and Joe Cole was exactly the same. 

"We used to play Joe Cole out wide, and he'd say 'why am I playing out wide?' And we'd say 'because Sven doesn't trust you playing in the number 10 because when we lose the ball we need some discipline to that and some shape'.

"By default he's had the opportunity and the key with everything, in the relationship between the manager and the player, is trust and obviously trust takes a long time to build up. 

"Especially in international football, you have to trust a player to do that job. Now he's started the process." 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's goals have taken his game to another level and the Everton striker can reflect on an "excellent" England debut, says Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

England cruised past Wales 3-0 in Thursday's friendly at Wembley, Calvert-Lewin marking his international bow with a first-half header to make it 10 goals in seven appearances for club and country this season.

Conor Coady and Danny Ings also celebrated first international goals in a game which saw several players did their chances of further opportunities no harm, given this was England's most inexperienced XI since 1980.

Asked about Calvert-Lewin's performance, Southgate told ITV: "Yeah, excellent, I thought really very good. 

"He had excellent presence, his runs were a threat, he presses well, he obviously took his goal well, so I thought he could be really pleased.

"I think he's in a really good vein of form, he's an all-round centre-forward. I've always liked his general play but it's the goals that he's adding now that are making another level of player."

Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish was also handed a first England start and produced a delicious assist for Calvert-Lewin in an enterprising display.

Asked if Grealish has now jumped the queue in England's plans, Southgate said: "I thought his work with the ball was very good. 

"We know he draws those fouls, he's comfortable receiving in tight areas. I thought it was a debut he could be really pleased with."

England were troubled at times by Wales prior to Calvert-Lewin's 26th-minute opener but Southgate was content with the way his side grew into the match.

"I think the players did very well, it's so difficult for almost a completely new team to come together with not a lot of experience around it, so I thought they coped with that very well," he said. 

"It wasn't fluid at the start but the longer the game went on they got more and more into the game, solved the tactical problem Wales posed us when they were pressing and I thought we finished very strongly."

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has started 2020-21 in outstanding form for Everton, leading to the possibility of an England debut in the coming days. 

Having managed nine goals in six appearances across all competitions this season, Calvert-Lewin is the leading scorer in Europe's top five leagues. 

He leads a list which also includes Tottenham pair Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland, Bayern Munich great Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah. 

Calvert-Lewin's reward is a first call up to the England senior squad ahead of the friendly with Wales, which is followed by Nations League clashes with Belgium and Denmark. 

But just how does Calvert-Lewin compare to his England team-mates, and what are the numbers behind his brilliant run under Carlo Ancelotti? 

THE FERGUSON FACTOR AND CARLO'S MAGIC TOUCH

A wiry and energetic youngster, Calvert-Lewin's versatility and work ethic may have set him back in his early years at Everton, with Ronald Koeman, David Unsworth and Sam Allardyce all utilising the forward in a variety of positions. Indeed, new Barcelona boss Koeman even deployed Calvert-Lewin as a wing-back in Everton's opening league match of 2017-18.

Whether as a foil for Romelu Lukaku, Wayne Rooney or Cenk Tosun in those first two campaigns, Calvert-Lewin often played second fiddle to another striker and his goal figures reflected as much. He managed four in 28 appearances under Koeman, three in 19 under Allardyce and two in eight with Unsworth in temporary charge. 

Marco Silva's tenure brought about Calvert-Lewin's first real chance to grasp his place as Everton's starting striker. He played 54 games and scored 13 times – averaging a goal every 209 minutes under the former Hull City boss, though consistency still alluded him, with his main task being to stretch opposing defences to benefit team-mates Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson. 

Yet Silva's departure after a dismal derby defeat to Liverpool last December signalled a change in fortunes for Calvert-Lewin, as Everton legend Duncan Ferguson called on the club's number nine to deliver. 

"To have someone who's been there and done it to bounce ideas off him has been invaluable, I couldn't thank him enough," Calvert-Lewin said of Ferguson in an interview with Everton's website. "He knows me well enough now to know when I need an arm around me, or need a pointer here or there." 

He has hardly looked back since and, after scoring a double in Ferguson's first game in charge, Calvert-Lewin swiftly became a key figure for Ancelotti. 

Since Ancelotti took over on December 22, 2019, only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (18) has scored more Premier League goals than the 23-year-old, who has 17 – level with Kane.

A FRESH START 

While Everton's form pre-lockdown ticked up under Ancelotti, the Toffees managed just three wins from their nine matches after the restart, with Calvert-Lewin failing to add to his 13 goals. 

Tame displays against Tottenham, Wolves and Bournemouth on the final day forced the club's hand, with Ancelotti overseeing a rebuild of the engine room in the transfer window – Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure bringing athleticism and nous, with James Rodriguez providing a much-needed sprinkling of stardust. 

With a revamped midfield behind him, Calvert-Lewin has scored in every appearance he has made bar one, against Fleetwood Town in the EFL Cup. 

Since the restart in June, Calvert-Lewin has made 15 appearances and netted nine goals in all competitions, scoring on average a goal every 132 minutes. That is a better rate than Vardy (139) and Salah (144), though some way behind his fellow England forwards Kane (15 goals, averaging out at one every 92 minutes) and Raheem Sterling (14 and 97). 

His Ferguson-esque header against Brighton and Hove Albion moved him to seven headed league goals since the start of last season, more than any other player, while he scored two hat-tricks in successive Goodison Park appearances prior to Everton's 4-2 win over the Seagulls.

MOVING ON UP

It was no surprise to see Calvert-Lewin included in the England squad, but he must now prove himself on the international stage. 

Since Ancelotti arrived at Everton, Ollie Watkins is the only Englishman currently playing in the Premier League to have scored more than Calvert-Lewin, though 13 of Watkins' goals in that period came in the Championship for Brentford. 

Kane, with 17 goals from 21 appearances, has matched the Everton player’s output, while Manchester City star Sterling has 16 in 31. 

Danny Ings has been a real success story over the past year but the Southampton forward has managed two fewer goals than Calvert-Lewin, while 2019-20 Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy sits on 11, equal with Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood and West Ham's Michail Antonio. 

Across Europe, Calvert-Lewin is the frontrunner as it stands, with his nine goals in 475 minutes played in 2020-21 leading the way across the continent's top five leagues. 

Kane and Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric are hot on his heels with eight each, while Son has seven to his name – though the Spurs duo have both played more minutes, 569 and 478 respectively. 

Bundesliga stars Haaland and Lewandowski have five apiece, with Salah – who goes head-to-head with Calvert-Lewin in the Merseyside derby on October 17 – also managing five from six games so far this term.

Now, Gareth Southgate needs to work out a way to get the best out of Calvert-Lewin with England, just as Ancelotti has at club level.

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