Date: 28th August 2016 at 7:51pm
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New England manager Sam Allardyce has made his first 23 man international pick and Theo Walcott is in from Arsenal.

Having replaced Roy Hodgson following the European Championships over the summer, this is Allardyce’s first selection as boss ahead of his first game in charge, the World Cup 2018 qualifier against Slovakia in Trnava on Sunday September 4.

Allardyce makes five changes to the squad with some dropping out and some returning, but there’s also a first call up for West Ham winger Michail Antonio.

Speaking to theFA.com to announce his first squad, Allardyce explained about Antonio.

‘I think he`s in outstanding form. This is another lad with a great journey – it`s a fantastic journey that he`s been on, from non-league to now an international call-up. He scored nine goals in his first season and he`s a terrific athlete, a good crosser and a goal-scorer. I`m looking forward to him coming, and looking forward to meeting everybody. Hopefully we will have a good few days` preparation and get to know each other on the basis of trying to go and win in Slovakia.’

No doubt there will be plenty more from Allardyce in the coming hours.

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley).

Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Michail Antonio (West Ham United), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Strikers: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

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