England's Gareth Southgate backs Scott McTominay, tracks Leverkusen's Leon Bailey

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate

"I hope so. When we looked at the draw before, AC Milan was probably not one of the teams we fancied but we showed we can play against the top teams in Europe". I have to give them the facts, allay fears and make sure they and their families are safe. "A key fundamental in that is safety and security of our participants, players, our employees and of course our supporters and that's where our primary focus will be", said Robert Sullivan, the FA's director of strategy and communications.

"I will always be aware of what's going on in the world but my focus has to be on the things I can control".

He admitted in January, as talk of a possible recall surfaced for the first time, that it was his intention to push for a place in Southgate's 2018 World Cup plans. And I think I have done that now.

Southgate was asked about the tense stand-off with Russian Federation as he announced call-ups for rookies Alfie Mawson, Nick Pope and James Tarkowski for the friendlies against Holland and Italy later this month.

'Honey Badger' Tyrann Mathieu says thank you to Cardinals, fans after release
It'll be intriguing to see the interest in Pouncey, as just like the Dolphins as a team, he's been up-and-down in recent years. However, Cardinals fans should be justifiably skeptical about whether the team's best move was releasing Mathieu outright.

Lewis Cook, Bournemouth's one-time Leeds United midfielder, is also named in the squad again and may make his senior debut in either Friday's friendly in Amsterdam or the following Tuesday's clash with Italy at Wembley.

Kane, of course, is the most notable absentee with the ankle injury that will keep England's only genuine world class talent on the sidelines until next month.

There was no place in the 27-man squad for defenders Chris Smalling, Michael Keane or Gary Cahill.

"But he's playing well and we're always keen to speak to players who might fit into our system at some level".

'Narcissistic' Mourinho a bad fit for United - Dunphy
Yet, it appears United are about to buy more players for Mourinho to use as fall-guys for his bankrupt tactical approach. But it was to little avail as United have now failed to reach the quarter-finals for four straight years .

The 26-year-old has re-established himself as a regular in the Arsenal starting line-up while he was rewarded with a call up to Gareth Southgate's England squad on Thursday for the Three Lions upcoming friendlies with Netherlands and Italy, where he could feature for the first time since Euro 2016.

"I have had Harry available for six out of 14 games so far, so we always need a 'what-if?' scenario planning in our minds".

"Having said that we've had to cope without him, it's important we learn to cope without him because you never know what's going to happen in football".

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's production company to introduce inclusion riders
Actress Hilarie Burton claimed on social media that Affleck groped her during an appearance of MTV's Total Request Live in 2003. Both Affleck and Damon have been embroiled in the Harvey Weinstein scandal and #MeToo movement.

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