Wilshere recalled by England after two years in global wilderness

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Gareth Southgate has made a decision to take a look at some up and coming names in his final training camp with friendlies before the 2018 World Cup.

But based on the briefings he has received, he said: "We are preparing to go to the World Cup".

The Three Lions will take on the Netherlands on 23 March, before playing hosts to Italy on 27 March.

With more established names at global level such as Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill all failing to make the side, Lascelles can feel hard done by.

The report also claims that injury to Phil Jones and a drop in form from the likes of Gary Cahill and Michael Keane are also tempting Southgate to call Swansea centre half Alfie Mawson, and Tarkwoski's teammate Ben Mee to the England squad.

Asked about Kane, who left the stadium on crutches after injuring his right ankle in Spurs' win over Bournemouth at the weekend, Southgate said: "I think the medical reports we have are that he will play well before the end of the season".

It will be Cook's second call-up to the squad having been drafted in for thedraw with Brazil last November, Jack Wilshere has also earned a return having not played since the defeat to Iceland in 2016 and returned to form for Arsenal.

"Clearly it's a really serious matter and it's developing very quickly", he said.

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"Jack is a player that has unquestionable talent", said Southgate.

He said it had been "a very hard call" to drop Cahill, who has captained England before, and left open the possibility of the Chelsea player returning for the World Cup in Russian Federation in June.

"We've been to previous tournaments and lost important players and the whole focus has been on that rather than the collective".

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been recalled to the England squad for upcoming friendly dates with the Netherlands and Italy.

Shelvey and Lascelles may not make it to the World Cup, but they were well worth including in the upcoming friendlies to see how they fare on the global stage.

On that note, James Tarkowski is a player I've watched since he was at Brentford.

"Joe has had a hard period with his club", said Southgate.

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