Three Manchester City stars and former academy player called up for England duty

John Stones, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling have been summoned by England coach Gareth Southgate for the Three Lions’ upcoming UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.

The trio will not be joined by Fabian Delph, who has been left out of the squad presumably because of his injury that will sideline him from Sunday’s big match against Liverpool.

Former City academy gem Jadon Sancho, who quit the club for Borussia Dortmund last year, has received his first call up along with Chelsea’s Mason Mount, but the wait for Phil Foden continues.

Other international call-ups today include Bernardo Silva being named in the Portugal squad for their matches against Poland and Scotland during the upcoming international break.

Riyad Mahrez is in the Algeria squad for the double header against Benin in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, while Matt Smith, on loan at FC Twente, is again in the Wales squad and could line up against Spain.

Conspicuous by their absence in the France squad are Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte. Mendy has of course been injured, but Pep Guardiola sounded cautiously optimistic that the left-back may return for the Liverpool game. His exclusion from the France squad doesn’t rule him out, but may hint he isn’t ready.

And Laporte continues to be snubbed by Didier Deschamps, who has chosen to call up Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho and Kurt Zouma, who is on loan at Everton from Chelsea, rather than the in-form City centre-back who still seems determined to represent France despite interest from Spain.

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