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Gareth Southgate's England squad will show loyalty to World Cup stars

England's Nations League opener against Spain is live on Sky Sports on September 8

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Gareth Southgate will resist the temptation to call-up younger players and try to stick with the majority of his World Cup squad for England's next international matches, Sky Sports News understands.

The England manager announces his squad on Thursday for the Nations League opener against Spain (September 8) and friendly at home to Switzerland (September 11) - both live on Sky Sports Football - with teenagers Phil Foden, Ryan Sessegnon and Jadon Sancho all linked with a call-up.

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However, it is likely Southgate will stay loyal to the team that got to the World Cup semi-finals, with players from the stand-by list for the tournament expected to be in contention.

Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill have told senior management they do not wish to be selected, while Phil Jones is a doubt after coming off with an injury during Manchester United's defeat to Tottenham.

Gareth Southgate, Manager of England consoles Jordan Pickford, Jamie Vardy of England following their sides defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.
Image: Gareth Southgate will ponder his attacking options after Jamie Vardy told senior management he does not wish to be selected

James Tarkowski was the centre-back on the reserve list for Russia 2018 and is in contention, while Joe Gomez, who missed the World Cup with an ankle injury, is expected to return.

The policy could also be good news for Adam Lallana, who has made just one substitute appearance for Liverpool in the Premier League this season, as England seek fresh attacking options in Vardy's absence.

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Other standby members Lewis Cook, who has lost his starting place at Bournemouth, and Jake Livermore, now playing in the Sky Bet Championship with West Brom, will not be part of the senior squad.

The other selection issue Gareth Southgate faces is who is going to replace injured Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Nick Pope during the UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round 1st Leg match between Aberdeen and Burnley at Pittodrie Stadium on July 26, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Image: Nick Pope is out for around six months after injuring his shoulder against Aberdeen back in July

Team-mates Tom Heaton and Joe Hart have both started for the club this season and are well known by England management, while other options are also being considered.

Southgate was in the stands to see Hart start during Burnley's 4-2 defeat at Fulham, who restored Marcus Bettinelli to their line-up.

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Alex McCarthy has beaten former England Under-21 goalkeeper Angus Gunn for the starting position at Southampton and has also been watched by England's backroom team.

As for England's youngsters, after only three Premier League games this season it has been difficult for any of the emerging stars to have enough playing time to put forward their case for senior selection.

Phil Foden during the FA Community Shield between Manchester City and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 5, 2018 in London, England.
Image: Phil Foden showed glimpses of promise during the Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley earlier this month

Foden, despite impressing in the Community Shield, has only come off the bench once in the league, Sessegnon was dropped for Fulham's win on Sunday. Meanwhile, Sancho was a only substitute for Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga opener against RB Leipzig.

James Maddison has impressed at Leicester during his first Premier League appearances but the squad announcement may come too soon for the creative midfielder.

The England squad will be announced on Thursday afternoon, hear from manager Gareth Southgate live on Sky Sports News at 2pm.

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