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OFFICIAL: Three Manchester City players named in England squad for World Cup Qualifiers

Sterling, Stones and Joe Hart are part of the new manager's plans

England Training Session & Press Conference Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

After last week's disaster, English international football will return to the pitch this week, and the Three Lions squad has been named by interim manager Gareth Southgate.

England will face Malta (October 8) and Slovenia (October 11) in two European Qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup, and Southgate makes a few surprising selections. Glen Johnson is back with the national team after quite a long time out of the plans; Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford get a chance to impress in the seniors after working with Southgate in the youth teams. Theo Walcott's fantastic early form for Arsenal is reward with a return to England.

Three Manchester City players are also in the squad: loanee Joe Hart is playing well at Torino and will probably remain the number one for England, while John Stones and Raheem Sterling hope to replicate their club form in the national team.

This is the full squad:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Tom Heaton

Defenders: Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, John Stones, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker, Glen Johnson, Danny Rose, Ryan Bertrand

Midfielders: Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Michail Antonio, Jesse Lingard, Raheem Sterling, Theo Walcott, Dele Alli

Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy