England manager Roy Hodgson has snubbed Liverpool youngster Jordon Ibe but included Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli in his squad for the first time for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers with Estonia and Lithuania.
Ibe, who qualifies to play for both Nigeria and England, was strongly courted by Nigeria, where his father hails from.
But the winger, who has played for England at age-grade levels, turned down Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh’s overtures, and declared that he would pursue a Three Lions spot.
Ibe’s form has been patchy since turning down his father’s country, and Hogson has now overlooked the skillful teenager.
In contrast Alli, who also has a Nigerian father but has not been as strongly chased as Ibe, has enjoyed a superb start to the new season with Spurs, having joined the club from Championship side MK Dons.
The 19-year-old has featured in all but one of Tottenham’s fixtures this campaign, scoring his first Premier League goal for the club in the 1-1 draw with Leicester City back in August.
Leicester forward Jamie Vardy and Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand are also included in the squad, along with fit-again Manchester United defender Phil Jones.
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley).
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton).
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).
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