Jack Wilshere and Harry Kane back in England squad for Scotland and Spain matches

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Gareth Southgate talks us through his England squad to face Scotland in their World Cup Qualifier on Friday. Pictures from FA TV

Gareth Southgate has brought Jack Wilshere back into the England squad for the matches against Scotland and Spain.

Ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against Scotland, it will be the first time the Arsenal midfielder, currently on loan at Bournemouth, has been included in the squad since the Euro 2016 finals.

Tottenham's Harry Kane, who made a goalscoring return after a 10-match absence in the north London derby on Sunday, Adam Lallana and Danny Drinkwater are also included.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane celebrates after equalising against Arsenal
Image: Harry Kane also had cause for celebration earlier on Sunday

Manchester United pair Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw are not involved after being declared unfit for their club's 3-1 win over Swansea on Sunday while a knee injury suffered in training is expected to keep Dele Alli out for 'a few weeks'.

Burnley's Michael Keane retains his place while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and West Ham's Michail Antonio miss out in a 25-man squad which will also stay together for a friendly against Spain on Tuesday, November 15.

In an interview with FA TV, Southgate said: "The last few weeks we've been looking at as many games as possible, keeping track on the players. We've had some players who weren't available to us last time who are in good form and back in the frame like Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Raheem Sterling. It's good to have them back.

Jack Wilshere in action during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion
Image: Wilshere's more regular playing time at Bournemouth has helped his England cause
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"Harry Kane similarly. We've had some good discussions with a lot of the clubs in the last few weeks but Tottenham have been very helpful in terms of Harry's availability and keeping us informed of where he's at, so we are grateful to Mauricio [Pochettino] for that.

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"Jack is a player we feel has a lot of class and has now started to get more 90 minutes under his belt, and we think it's a good moment to bring him back into the squad."

England squad to face Scotland and Spain:

Goalkeepers: F Forster (Southampton), J Hart (Torino), T Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: R Bertrand (Southampton), G Cahill (Chelsea), N Clyne (Liverpool), P Jagielka (Everton), M Keane (Burnley), D Rose (Tottenham), J Stones (Man City), K Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: E Dier (Tottenham), D Drinkwater (Leicester City), J Henderson (Liverpool), J Wilshere (Bournemouth), A Lallana (Liverpool), J Lingard (Man United), W Rooney (Man United), R Sterling (Man City), A Townsend (Crystal Palace), T Walcott (Arsenal)

Strikers: H Kane (Tottenham), M Rashford (Man United), D Sturridge (Liverpool), J Vardy (Leicester)

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