Jack Wilshere? Ross Barkley? Phil Thompson on five who could be in England frame

Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere
Image: Could Jack Wilshere return to the England fold?

As Gareth Southgate prepares to select his next England squad, Phil Thompson gives his verdict on five players who could be in contention.

Southgate will name a 23-man party on Sunday for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Wembley on November 11.

Glen Johnson earned a shock recall when the interim boss picked his first squad last month but who could force their way in this time? Thommo, who made 42 appearances for England, assesses five players who could be in the frame.

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Nathan Redmond

I was always told that you get picked for national team on the basis of what you do for your club, but there's a lack of English players delivering in the Premier League right now.

Redmond has been doing well for Southampton and you've got to have that message for the other players to know they have got a chance, especially having done well under Southgate with the U21s.

Nathan Redmond scores the opening goal for Southampton
Image: Nathan Redmond has found the net three times for Southampton

Ben Gibson

Centre-back has been a contentious position for England, with Phil Jagielka, Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill all having difficult starts to the season.

Jagielka has been left out of the Everton team and Smalling has missed United's last two games, so will Southgate turn to Gibson, who has been in exceptional form for his club?

Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough and Troy Deeney of Watford battle for possession during the Premier League clash
Image: Ben Gibson has impressed in his first Premier League campaign

Jack Wilshere

He's going to be a difficult one. We're talking about players who have impressed for their club, but I'm not sure Wilshere has done enough in that sense.

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I think he's getting his fitness back but there's still a question over his form. His fitness is getting there but he's still not reached the level where he can dominate games.

Jack Wilshere in action for AFC Bournemouth
Image: Jack Wilshere has completed 90 minutes in Bournemouth's last two games

Tom Heaton

Jordan Pickford ended up taking Heaton's place after he withdrew due to injury and has continued to impress in goal for Sunderland.

However, I think Heaton is still ahead in the pecking order. I would think it would be very unfortunate for him not to get another chance, even just to show what he can do in training.

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Tom Heaton made a stunning 'starfish' save to deny Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ross Barkley

Has Barkley done enough? I'm not so sure at the moment. He was better against West Ham but think it will actually do him much more good to train with his club and get his form back.

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Watch Ross Barkley strike in Everton's 2-0 win over West Ham

He's one of England biggest talents, but I can't contradict myself and say he should be in the squad when he's not delivering with enough consistency. It wouldn't surprise me if he was back in there, though.

He was one of those players at the end of the Euros that I was screaming out for, because he's got that ability to change a game. I think him not getting any games in France dented his confidence, which we've seen in his club form.

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