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AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has had his fine early season form rewarded with a first call up to the senior England squad, alongside Wayne Rooney, who will make his 120th and final appearance against the US.
Wilson, 26, has scored 6 goals in 11 Premier League appearances so far this season, helping to fire the Cherries to 6th place in the division.
He is yet another Southgate pick to have played in the lower divisions, starting out at Coventry City and spending time on loan at then Conference Premier sides Kettering Town and Tamworth, before moving onto Bournemouth.
Meanwhile Rooney will make his final appearance from the bench in a friendly against the USA on 15 November at Wembley. The match will be raising money for the Wayne Rooney Foundation. He will not be retained in the squad for England’s Nations League clash against Croatia on the 18th.
Elsewhere in the squad, midfielders Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli are back, having regained full fitness after missing the last round of games. Youngsters Mason Mount (Derby County) and Leicester’s James Maddison drop out to accommodate them. Everton defender Michael Keane is included for the first time in a year.
Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho retains his place in the squad, as do uncapped trio Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion), Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) and Alex McCarthy (Southampton).
On the controversial selection of Rooney, England boss Gareth Southgate said: “I am still able to look to the future with the squad we’ve picked, but we’ve talked a lot about the history of the shirt. I think all the players respect Wayne’s contribution and that he deserves the best possible send-off.”
Southgate added that Wilson was selected due to his threat running in behind defences. “He’s been involved with either scoring or assists, with a high number of goals this season, so it’s a good opportunity for us to have a look at him and see how he fits into what we do, and for him to get a feel of working with the senior team,” he added.
There is still no place for the likes of fit-again Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, however.
The squad in full: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Lewis Dunk (Brighton ), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Michael Keane (Everton), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (DC United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth), Harry Winks (Tottenham).