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Manchester United's Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard recalled in Southgate's first England squad

Manchester United forwards Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have been recalled by England's new interim manager Gareth Southgate.

Southgate was handed the reins for the next four games after Sam Allardyce's contract was terminated and named his first squad last night.

The Red Devils pair were the eye-catching names, having fought their way into Jose Mourinho's starting XI at Old Trafford, while Stoke's Glen Johnson, Southampton's Ryan Bertrand and Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also returned for the matches at home to Malta and away to Slovenia.

Rashford was a surprise omission from Allardyce's first squad in August, dropping down to Southgate's Under-21s and scoring a hat-trick against Norway. Having been left out of the Young Lions group earlier this week, his promotion seemed inevitable and Southgate duly brought him for injured striker Harry Kane.

England squad for Malta and Slovenia: Forster (Southampton), Hart (Torino), Heaton (Burnley); Bertrand (Southampton), Cahill (Chelsea), Jagielka (Everton), Johnson (Stoke), Rose (Tottenham), Smalling (Man Utd), Stones (Man City), Walker (Tottenham); Dier (Tottenham), Henderson (Liverpool) Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Alli (Tottenham), Rooney (Man Utd), Antonio (West Ham), Lingard (Man Utd), Sterling (Man City), Walcott (Arsenal), Rashford (Man Utd), Sturridge (Liverpool), Vardy (Leicester).

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