Saints duo named in England squad

By SFC Media Thu 28 Sep International
Photo by Getty Images | Ryan Bertrand

Saints duo Fraser Forster and Ryan Bertrand have been called up to the England squad for the final round of World Cup qualifiers.

The Three Lions host Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday 5th October, before concluding their Group F campaign with a trip to Lithuania on Sunday 8th October.

Gareth Southgate’s men need only one win to guarantee top spot and automatic qualification for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Goalkeeper Forster returns to the squad having missed the last round of matches against Malta and Slovakia.

The 29-year-old joins fellow shot-stoppers Joe Hart, Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford in the 26-man squad.

Bertrand has started England’s last six internationals, and scored his first goal for his country with a long-range strike in Malta four weeks ago.

Both Saints have started all six of the club’s Premier League games so far this season, combining to keep three clean sheets.

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