Date: 3rd October 2016 at 4:01pm
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott have been called into interim manager Gareth Southgate’s first England squad ahead of this coming international window.

Southgate takes over from Sam Allardyce for the World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia this month, following the media revelations about him earlier in the week that caused his mutual termination with the Football Association, and with many believing it’s now Southgate’s job to lose, the Under 21 gaffer will be looking for a bright start as he makes the step up into the top job.

England host Malta on Saturday October 8 for the 7.45pm kick off at Wembley Stadium, and three days later we travel to Slovenia for that game.

England squad:

Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Torino, on loan from Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley).

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Stoke), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham).

Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Michail Antonio (West Ham), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Dele Alli (Tottenham).

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester).

Following these two games, Southgate knows he also has the home clash with Scotland on November 11 and the friendly against Spain on November 15 to stake his claim for the job on a permanent basis.