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Summary

  1. England face the Czech Republic and Montenegro later this month
  2. Declan Rice and Callum Wilson included in squad
  3. England reached the World Cup semi-final in their last major tournament
  4. Get Involved: #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

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By Mantej Mann

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  1. Goodbye!

    England squad announcement

    That's it from me - thanks for joining our coverage of Gareth Southgate's news conference.

    The big news is that the England manager has included West Ham midfielder Declan Rice in his squad for the opening two Euro 2020 qualifying matches.

    And just in case you haven't had your fill of football for today, we will also have live text coverage of Liverpool's trip to the Allianz Arena later.

    Here's a few things to keep you occupied in the meantime:

    Until next time...

    Declan Rice
  2. What else is coming up?

    Moving away from the international scene briefly, remember it's Champions League last-16 action tonight.

    Liverpool are aiming to make it an English clean sweep in the quarter-final when they take on Bayern Munich, while Barcelona host Lyon.

    Both ties are finely poised at 0-0 after the first leg.

    All to play for tonight then...

    Jurgen Klopp
  3. Post update

    England squad announcement

    Some of your team selections are starting to filter through.

    Rich The Newbie has opted for a midfield duo of Jordan Henderson and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

    Keep your suggestions coming in, we are yet to see a starting XI that features the new boy...

    Rich The Newbie's England team
  4. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    Sulaimon Adelekan: Rice's call up was inevitable. He has been brilliant in recent weeks

    Jack Walker: Would've liked to see James Maddison in ahead of Rice but totally different positions so understandable. Also, Ben Foster continues to be over looked despite impressive form. Apart from that, decent.

    SMS Message: Great to see Jadon Sancho in there, reward for a brave move abroad. Not sure why Delph is in there at all from Andrew
    Andrew
  5. 'Outstanding role model'

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    Quote Message: I’m so impressed by his maturity and the way he has spoken out on important subjects and been brave enough to do that. It shows huge social conscience and he really is developing into an outstanding role model for people to follow. from Gareth Southgate England manager on Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling
    Gareth SouthgateEngland manager on Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling
  6. Post update

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    We have already reported on what Gareth Southgate has had to say about talisman Raheem Sterling, but we'll have some more on that next.

    Sterling took to his Instagram page in December to say newspapers were helping to "fuel racism" by the ways in which they portrayed young black footballers.

    The forward's comments brought the issue into the public eye, becoming a huge topic of discussion, and Southgate believes his player is "developing into an outstanding role model".

    Gareth Southgate and Raheem Sterling
  7. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    Tom Belcher: Turns out Storm Gareth was actually a forecast of the intense criticism the England manager would face for not picking James Ward-Prowse. Surely JWP deserved a recall

    Nick Allen: So is Conor Coady just not on Southgate’s radar or does he genuinely think Michael Keane and James Tarkowski are better options? Baffled.

    Darren Brown: What does Connor Coady have to do to get in to the England squad?

  8. ICYMI

    England squad announcement

    Right then, just in case you've had a busy afternoon and you've missed the announcement, here's a quick recap...

    The main story to come out of Gareth Southgate's news conference is that West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has been called up for the first time.

    There is also room for one-cap striker Callum Wilson who has only recently returned from injury, while out-of-form goalkeeper Jordan Pickford retains his place in the squad.

    For more on all of that, and those players that missed out, read our full story here.

    Declan Rice
  9. YOUR chance to be England manager

    England squad announcement

    How do you fancy being the boss?

    Well now you can - we're giving you the opportunity to pick you starting XI for England's first qualifying game against the Czech Republic.

    Unfortunately you cannot access our team selector in this page, but follow this link and have a go at choosing your side.

    It's not as easy as you might think...

    Pick you XI
  10. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    Joe Staunton: How did Barkley get into the England squad?

    Mark Russell: A Squad picked on reputation rather than form. Yep, that's England.

    Wayne Calderbank: Heavily unbalanced England squad. 10 defenders verses 12 Midfielder and Attackers. Are we going back to 3/5 at the rear again despite success of 4-3-3?

  11. Post update

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    That's all from the England manager.

    The squad will report to St George's Park on Monday 18, March, ahead of their first qualifying game against the Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday 22, March at 19:45 GMT.

  12. 'Outstanding'

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    Quote Message: He's having another outstanding season. He's risen to every challenge and I'm so impressed by his maturity – he's showing huge social conscience. from Gareth Southgate England manager on Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling
    Gareth SouthgateEngland manager on Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling
    Raheem Sterling
  13. 'World class set-piece taker'

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    Quote Message: We love Prowsey. This recent spell is his best since we capped him and he's a world-class set-piece taker, but he's only recently got back in the team at Southampton. from Gareth Southgate England manager on leaving out Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse
    Gareth SouthgateEngland manager on leaving out Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse
  14. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only).

    So the squad has been announced and Declan Rice has been picked.

    Are you happy the squad? Did anyone miss out who deserved a chance on the international stage?

    You can have YOUR say by Tweeting #bbcfootball or by sending a text to 81111 (UK only).

  15. 'We have to help him through a blip'

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    Quote Message: Jordan has played extremely well for us. You could look at any of the players in the squad and see there have had moments where they have played well for their club, and moments when they haven't. But when I look at Jordan, his performances with us have been excellent. We have to help him through what was hopefully a blip, and he has to train and play well. from Gareth Southgate England manager on Jordan Pickford
    Gareth SouthgateEngland manager on Jordan Pickford
  16. Post update

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    Jordan Pickford remains in the squad despite a shaky weekend at St James' Park.

    We'll hear Gareth Southgate's thoughts on his number one position next...

    Jordan Pickford