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Published 25 March 2024 3 min read

England squad update: Rico Lewis and James Trafford join seniors

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Andy Walker

All of the latest news from the England men's squads during the March 2024 international window, as Man Utd midfielder joins Gareth Southgate's group

11am, Monday 25 March

Adam Wharton has joined England MU21s ahead of their 2025 U21 EURO qualifier against Luxembourg on Tuesday 26 March.

The Crystal Palace midfielder started this international window with Ben Futcher’s England men’s Elite League squad, playing 55 minutes in the 5-1 victory over Poland on Friday 22 March, and he has now joined Lee Carsley’s side as they look to build on the recent 5-1 defeat of Azerbaijan.

Meanwhile, Teden Mengi has rejoined England MU21s ahead of Tuesday’s fixture. The Luton Town defender initially reported to St. George’s Park before returning to his club for further medical assessment. However he will be available for the qualifier at Bolton Wanderers’ Toughsheet Stadium.

Carney Chukwuemeka, who has been part of Carsley’s squad for the first time this week and travelled with the group to Azerbaijan, has now returned to Chelsea as he works his way back to full fitness.

7.50pm, Sunday 24 March

James Trafford and Rico Lewis have moved across from the MU21s to join the England senior men’s squad.

The pair report to Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground following the withdrawal of Harry Maguire, Kyle Walker and Sam Johnstone through injury. 

It is Burnley goalkeeper Trafford’s first senior call up having previously represented his nation from MU17 through to MU21 level, including being a part of last summer’s U21 European Championship-winning squad.

Manchester City’s Lewis has one senior cap  having made his debut for Gareth Southgate’s side in North Macedonia in November 2023. 

Maguire, Walker and Johnstone have returned to their respective clubs for assessment having sustained injuries in recent days. 

England host Belgium for an Alzheimer’s Society International at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday (26 March, 7.45pm kick-off).

9.30pm, Saturday 23 March

Gareth Southgate confirmed in his post-match media conference after the game with Brazil that Harry Kane will return to his club at Bayern Munich for continued rehabilitation on an injury he reported to St. George's Park with.

6.15pm, Thursday 21 March

Bukayo Saka has left the England camp and returned to his club for continued rehabilitation. 

The Arsenal forward reported to St. George's Park with an injury and has been unable to participate in training. 

No further replacements are planned as a 25-man England squad continue their preparation for the forthcoming internationals with Brazil and Belgium.

9am, Thursday 21 March

Ryan Andrews (Watford) has left the England men's Elite League squad ahead of their game with Poland on Friday due to injury. Reuell Walters (Arsenal) will join up with the squad as a replacement for the game with Czechia next week.

1pm, Wednesday 20 March

Teden Mengi has withdrawn from the England MU21s squad and has returned to Luton Town for further medical assessment.

The defender initially reported to St. George’s Park to join Lee Carsley’s squad for the first time ahead of the upcoming 2025 U21 EURO qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Luxembourg, however he has now returned to his club and will play no part in the upcoming fixtures. No replacements are planned at this moment in time.

2pm, Tuesday 19 March

Kobbie Mainoo has received his first call up to the England men's senior squad.

The 18 year old was initially part of the MU21s squad but has been drafted into Gareth Southgate’s group.

All other 25 players reported to St. George’s Park on Tuesday ahead of the forthcoming internationals against Brazil and Belgium.

Manchester United midfielder Mainoo has previously represented England at MU17 through to MU19 level.

9pm, Monday 18 March

Amario Cozier-Duberry, Jacob Wright and Nico O’Reilly have withdrawn from the England MU19s squad due to injury. Josh Duffus and George Abbott have been called up from standby.

8pm, Monday 18 March

Sam Proctor (Aston Villa) has been withdrawn from the England MU18s squad due to injury. Jack Thompson (Derby County) been called up from standby.