England: Sterling withdraws and Chelsea star Reece James earns first call-up.

Gareth Southgate reunites with the England squad this week as the Three Lions prepare to face Wales in a friendly, as well as Belgium and Denmark in the UEFA Nations League.

Since the initial squad announcement last week, numerous changes have been made as players have been forced to withdraw and others have been called-up.

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has been ruled out and will miss the upcoming fixtures due to a minor hamstring issue.

After featuring in City’s 1-1 draw against Leeds on Saturday, the forward has now been released by the FA and will be assessed by his club’s medical staff, who are optimistic he’ll make a quick return following the international break.

Chelsea defender, Reece James, has earned his first senior call-up and he will join up with the England squad at St George’s Park.

The right-back has featured heavily for The Blues so far this season, with his performances evidently catching the eye of the England boss.

The 20-year-old was initially called up to the men’s U21 squad to face Andorra and Turkey but will now make the step-up to the senior squad to begin preparations.

Chelsea supporters have been praising James for his performances since his break into Lampard’s side midway through last season.

Many believe he has deserved this call-up for some times as one of England’s brightest prospects.

The Three Lions are in action on Thursday October 8 when they host Wales at Wembley as they build up to their Nations League Fixtures later on in the international break.

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