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Jagielka in England squad, Barkley snubbed again

Southgate names first squad since Allardyce’s departure

England Training Session And Press Conference Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Everton captain Phil Jagielka has retained his place in the England squad for next week’s World Cup qualifiers - but there’s no place again for Ross Barkley.

Jagielka missed out on a place at Euro 2016 but returned for last month’s game against Slovakia in what turned out to be Sam Allardyce’s only game in charge.

With Allardyce dramatically losing his job last week Gareth Southgate has been placed in interim charge for the next four World Cup qualifiers.

His first game in charge will be against Malta at Wembley on Saturday before a trip to Slovenia three days later.

Southgate has largely stayed loyal to the players called upon by Allardyce last month, though there are recalls for Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Glen Johnson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

That means there remains no place for Barkley, who was also snubbed by Allardyce last month.

That initially came as a bit of a surprise given Barkley made a decent start to the season.

However, his severe slump in form suggests he will not be adding to his 22 caps anytime soon.