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Allardyce’s maiden England squad: 10 potential surprise call-ups from Premier League sides

| 28.08.2016

Lee Gormley | August 26, 2016

Surprise call-ups to Allardyce’s first England squad

Following a disastrous Euro 2016 in France, England are in a period of transition, with Sam Allardyce having since taken over Roy Hodgson’s role as Three Lions boss ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

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The former West Ham United and Sunderland coach has a tough task of lifting his inherited side’s spirits ahead of crucial World Cup qualifying clashes, having been drawn in Group F alongside close rivals Scotland.

With Allardyce now in charge, speculation has been rife regarding his potential squad selections for the upcoming qualifier against Slovakia next week.

So, Coral outline 10 potential surprise England call-ups from Premier League teams that the new boss could look to, when making his decision on Sunday night…

Curtis Davies

Nottingham Forest v Hull City - Pre Season Friendly - City Ground

At 31 years of age, time is not on Hull City skipper Davies’ side, but a great start to the season has seen him move into contention for international recognition under Allardyce, having helped the Tigers win their opening two Premier League games.

Davies is his club’s only fit natural centre back and has been instrumental in early success in the heart of defence.

Michail Antonio

West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League - London Stadium

Another player knocking on the door for England is West Ham’s talented wideman Antonio, whose impressive performances last term led to calls from Slaven Bilic and many pundits for him to gain a Euro 2016 spot.

It never materialised and the Three Lions clearly lacked out and out width during their demise on French soil, though his tricky and direct approach could hand Allardyce a huge boost this month if called upon.

Ryan Shawcross

Stoke City v Tottenham - Barclays Premier League - Britannia Stadium - Stoke on Trent

Stoke City skipper Shawcross, a youth product of Manchester United, has a token England cap in his career to date, having featured in a friendly against Sweden back in 2012.

The 28-year-old has long been one of the most consistent centre backs in the top-flight and would be a useful asset for Allardyce to have in his set-up, especially if set-pieces and reliable long balls forward are in his tactical mindset.

Mark Noble

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United - Barclays Premier League - The Hawthorns

The fact Hammers midfielder Noble is yet to pick up a single England cap in his career is baffling, with the one-club stalwart having been constantly overlooked at international level.

Although, Allardyce is a well-known admirer of the Londoner and his central abilities both on and off the ball could be a helpful boost against Slovakia, after another encouraging start to the new campaign.

John Terry

Soccer - Capital One Cup - Final - Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Wembley Stadium

Chelsea’s most successful captain in history Terry has been tipped for a return to the England scene for several years, having previously skippered his country from August 2006 to February 2010 and again from March 2011 to February 2012.

The experienced Premier League centre back, now 35 years of age, initially announced his international retirement four years ago but could yet be tempted into once again donning his nation’s colours under Allardyce.

Terry is 4/1 to make a surprise return and play for England once again, with his potential comeback to the Three Lions set to cause much controversy among fans and possibly within the set-up.

Gareth Barry

West Bromwich Albion v Everton - Premier League - The Hawthorns

Everton midfielder Barry has been in superb form at the beginning of this current campaign, and his blistering start for Ronald Koeman’s Toffees sees the prospect of an international recall discussed by pundits.

The 35-year-old was selected for Euro 2012 but ultimately missed the tournament through injury and has not featured for the Three Lions since. Though, his recent showings in Everton’s midfield will have surely forced himself into Allardyce’s thinking.

Danny Drinkwater

England v Australia - International Friendly - Stadium of Light

Overlooked for Euro 2016 during the summer despite a Premier League title triumph last season for Leicester City, Drinkwater was hugely unlucky not to go to France, with Hodgson opting for an injury prone Jack Wilshere instead and other seemingly safer options

Lee Cattermole

Soccer - Capital One Cup - Fourth Round - Sunderland v Middlesbrough - Stadium of Light

Sunderland midfielder Cattermole epitomises the type of hard-tackling, energetic player Allardyce desires in his central areas.

The Wearside hatchet man played for his country from Under-16 up to Under-21 level but is yet to earn a senior cap, though that could change in the coming days.

Jermain Defoe

Southampton v Sunderland - Barclays Premier League - St Mary's Stadium

With Defoe and Allardyce having worked together at Sunderland before, the latter will likely look to his former striker for a spot in his first squad, having dispatched 15 league goals to help the Northeast side avoid relegation last term.

The prolific poacher has not played for England for three years, but his latest goal against Manchester City on the opening day of the season will have edged him closer to an international career revival.

Andros Townsend

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Now at Crystal Palace, former Spurs winger Townsend will also hope for an international rejuvenation under Allardyce, with the attacker having already earned 11 caps but was axed by Hodgson for Euro 2016.


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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.