Fabian Delph called into England squad, Jamie Vardy misses out
Fabian Delph has been recalled to the England squad for the final World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia at Wembley and away to Lithuania, while Jamie Vardy is left out due to injury.
Delph, 27, last played for England almost two years ago when coming off the bench in an international friendly defeat to Spain.
The midfielder has suffered two injury-ravaged seasons since joining Manchester City in the summer of 2015, making just 25 Premier League appearances for the club. And he has played only 21 league minutes this season, coming off the bench to score a fine goal in the 5-0 win at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The former Aston Villa player earned plaudits for his performance in Tuesday night's 2-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk -- his second start of the season after also facing West Brom in the Carabao Cup -- and could now add to his nine full England caps.
There is no place in the squad for Leicester City striker Vardy, who is reportedly nursing a hip problem. Nathaniel Chalobah, Danny Welbeck and Tom Heaton -- members of the last squad -- also miss out through injury.
Dele Alli has been named in the squad despite the threat of a FIFA ban for the middle-finger gesture in the qualifier against Slovakia.
When asked if there was any news from FIFA about Alli in his squad announcement press conference, coach Gareth Southgate said: "Nothing at the moment, so we have put him in the squad. Our hope is that common sense prevails and he is available for our matches, but we'll have to wait and see.
"We have to look what happens in the hearing and go from there. We have given our side of events and Dele has given his side of events. We've had a good chat with Dele about lots of different things and the biggest disappointment for him is that he has to miss football. We hope to have him available.''
Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster joined Delph as the only changes to the squad, with Everton's Michael Keane included despite concerns over a foot complaint.
England need two points to guarantee their place at the World Cup finals next summer.
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)
Strikers: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).
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