Former Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire earns first England worldwide call-up

Arnold Nichols
August 25, 2017

Chalobah, who has trained with the senior squad before without being named to it, is one of two fresh faces in the England setup for the upcoming worldwide break, with young Harry Maguire also getting rewarded for his summer upgrade from Hull City to Leicester City.

Manager Gareth Southgate confirmed that he had considered recalling Everton striker Wayne Rooney before the 31-year-old, who has scored a record 53 goals for England team, announced his retirement from global football on Wednesday.

Everton's Jordan Pickford is the only other uncapped played named in the squad, as one of four goalkeepers alongside Tom Heaton, Joe Hart and the fit-again Jack Butland.

England face Malta on Friday 1 September in Ta'Qail before hosting Slovenia on Monday 4 September at Wembley.

Southgate said: "In March and June the squad have been together without (Rooney) so, in that sense, these guys have got on with that and it's the opportunity now for us to look forward, look to the future".

The 24-year-old former Hull City man only signed for the Foxes in a £17million deal this summer but has impressed enough to be called up to the national squad.

"I thought his (Maguire) performances for Hull were very good", Southgate was quoted as saying by Skysports.

"I did see the value of having some senior players around that". He's very comfortable with the ball and that's the profile for an worldwide defender.

'I think he's already adjusted really well at Leicester to a new club.

"I called him, but he said he had been thinking long and hard about his decision and he announced his global retirement", said Southgate.

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