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Sam Allardyce names Michail Antonio in his first England squad

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England manager Sam Allardyce on why he has named Michail Antonio in his first squad. Credit:

West Ham's Michail Antonio is the only uncapped player named in Sam Allardyce's first squad since becoming England manager.

Along with Antonio, Luke Shaw and Phil Jagielka return to the squad after injuries last season kept them out of contention for a place in Roy Hodgson's squad for Euro 2016.

Antonio has played at right-back and in midfield for the Hammers this season, but is listed as a midfielder in Allardyce's squad for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia in Trnava on September 4.

Lessons from Allardyce's squad
Lessons from Allardyce's squad

What have we learnt from Sam Allardyce's first England squad?

The 26-year-old, who stands at 5ft 11ins, has scored eight headed goals since his arrival at West Ham in the summer of 2015, more than any other player in the Premier League. The most recent of those came in Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Manchester City.

"I think he's in outstanding form," Allardyce said on the FA's website.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: Michail Antonio (#30) of West Ham United celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during the Premier League match b
Image: Antonio has already scored twice this season

"This is another lad with a great journey - it's a fantastic journey that he's been on, from non-league to now an international call-up. He scored nine goals in his first season and he's a terrific athlete, a good crosser and a goal-scorer.

"I'm looking forward to him coming, and looking forward to meeting everybody. Hopefully we will have a good few days' preparation and get to know each other on the basis of trying to go and win in Slovakia."

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Image: Mark Noble continues to be overlooked for a senior international debut

But there is no place for his West Ham team-mate Mark Noble, who was among the uncapped players being talked up for a potential call-up from Allardyce, a manager he knows well.

Chelsea centre-back John Terry, whose name had also cropped up, was overlooked along with Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe.

Ross Barkley scored one of the best opening day goals against Watford
Image: Ross Barkley did not play a minute at Euro 2016 and has been left out by new England manager Sam Allardyce

Hodgson's captain Wayne Rooney is on the squad list as a midfielder, with Allardyce naming only three out-and-out strikers in Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy.

He is yet to confirm his skipper, and that announcement is not expected until the squad links up at St George's Park on Monday evening.

Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who made his debut in the Euro 2016 warm-up matches, is also given a chance to shine while there is a recall for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott.

As Allardyce had confirmed, Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart retains his place in the squad alongside fellow 'keepers Fraser Forster and Tom Heaton.

Theo Walcott in action during England's Euro 2016 Qualifier against Estonia
Image: Theo Walcott has returned to the England squad

Of those who went to France in the summer, Marcus Rashford is left out - he was called up to the England U21 squad earlier in the week - while injured duo Ryan Bertrand and Jack Wilshere and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley are omitted and James Milner has retired from international football.

Barkley failed to make an appearance at Euro 2016 but has been in impressive form at the start of the 2016-17 campaign, scoring two goals in four games.

Allardyce will hold a press conference on Monday, which you will be able to watch live on Sky Sports News HQ and click on the attached video for his early thoughts on the squad - video courtesy of FATV -

Hodgson praises players he left out Danny Drinkwater
Image: Danny Drinkwater is back in the England fold

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Forster (Southampton), Hart (Man City), Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Cahill (Chelsea), Clyne (Liverpool), Jagielka (Everton), Rose (Tottenham), Shaw (Man Utd), Smalling (Man Utd), Stones (Man City), Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Alli (Tottenham), Antonio (West Ham), Dier (Tottenham), Drinkwater (Leicester), Henderson (Liverpool), Lallana (Liverpool), Rooney (Man Utd), Sterling (Man City), Walcott (Arsenal)

Forwards: Kane (Tottenham), Sturridge (Liverpool), Vardy (Leicester)

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