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England manager Gareth Southgate welcomes squad to St George’s Park

  • Nick Pope, James Tarkowski and Alfie Mawson link up with the England squad
  • Jack Wilshere arrives as Gareth Southgate meets his players at St George’s Park 
  • England take on Holland in Amsterdam before welcoming Italy to Wembley 

Gareth Southgate was on hand to show a number of new faces around England’s St George’s Park as he welcomed his latest squad to their Staffordshire headquarters.

The uncapped quartet of Nick Pope, James Tarkowski (both Burnley), Alfie Mawson (Swansea) and Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) were among the first to arrive ahead of friendlies against Holland and Italy.

There were also a few regular faces with Joe Hart and Eric Dier sharing a warm embrace upon their reunion while Manchester City’s Kyle Walker was pictured chatting with the England boss.

Gareth Southgate chats with Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook at St George’s Park

Swansea defender Alfie Mawson is introduced to staff after his first England call-up

Swansea defender Alfie Mawson is introduced to staff after his first England call-up

Burnley stars Nick Pope (left) and James Tarkowski chat with Southgate at St George's Park

Burnley stars Nick Pope (left) and James Tarkowski chat with Southgate at St George’s Park

One player who may have needed a quick refresher tour around the facilities is Jack Wilshere, who was pictured arriving after being named in the England squad for the first time since November 2016.

He was soon joined by his former Arsenal team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who posted a short video Instagram showing him en route to St James’ Park on Monday morning. 

The Three Lions will take to the training pitch this week before making their way to Amsterdam for Friday’s clash with Holland. They then welcome Italy to Wembley next Tuesday as preparations for this summer’s World Cup in Russia steps up a gear. 

Joe Hart hugs Tottenham star Eric Dier while Kyle Walker chats with Gareth Southgate

Joe Hart hugs Tottenham star Eric Dier while Kyle Walker chats with Gareth Southgate

The Manchester City goalkeeper welcomes Jack Wilshere back after an 16-month absence

The Manchester City goalkeeper welcomes Jack Wilshere back after an 16-month absence

England players Walker, Jamie Vardy, Dier and John Stones meet up before Monday's training

England players Walker, Jamie Vardy, Dier and John Stones meet up before Monday’s training

It will be the last chance Southgate has to assess his players ahead of naming his squad for the tournament, which will begin with a group stage tie against Tunisia on June 18.

England do have two more friendlies against Nigeria and Costa Rica in what will be their final chance to prepare ahead of the World Cup, where players are looking to make an impression after two disastrous major tournaments.

The last World Cup saw England finish rock bottom of their group with a single point before they crashed out of Euro 2016 in the first knockout round after a humiliating defeat to minnows Iceland. 

Liverpool stars Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain share a fist bump on Monday

Liverpool stars Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain share a fist bump on Monday

Southgate catches up with Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana as the players arrive on Monday

Southgate catches up with Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana as the players arrive on Monday

Oxlade-Chamberlain chats to his former Arsenal team-mates Wilshere and Danny Welbeck

Oxlade-Chamberlain chats to his former Arsenal team-mates Wilshere and Danny Welbeck



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