Fresh from signing a new deal through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the 48-year-old England boss raised eyebrows with his 25-man selection for the Nations League double-header with Croatia and Spain.
Exciting Borussia Dortmund 18-year-old Sancho has been selected for this month’s fixtures, and so too Mount after shining for Sky Bet Championship side Derby since joining from Chelsea on loan.
Former Norwich player Maddison has been rewarded for his first fine start to life at Leicester, while uncapped Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is back in the squad after recovering from a long-term knee injury.
Harry Winks, capped once, returns the day after starting for Tottenham against Barcelona in the Champions League, and Ross Barkley’s upturn in fortunes at Chelsea means he is in line to win his first cap since the friendly against Australia in May 2016.
BREAKING: 19-year-old Chelsea loanee Mason Mount named in Gareth Southgate's latest England squad!— TeamFA (@TeamFA) October 4, 2018
HUGE call from GS 😳 pic.twitter.com/YxkeRzHYTf
Injuries and game-time have led to Southgate’s squad changes as much as the form of those called-up.
Dele Alli is out with a hamstring injury, while the England boss has not selected Fabian Delph, Adam Lallana and Jesse Lingard given the question marks over their fitness.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has not played for Chelsea since starting for England against Switzerland, has also been left out.
The uncapped duo of Marcus Bettinelli and Alex McCarthy again join up with Southgate’s goalkeepers.
England squad to face Spain and Croatia
Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham)
Jack Butland (Stoke City)
Alex McCarthy (Southampton)
Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
Harry Maguire (Leicester City)
Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
John Stones (Manchester City)
James Tarkowski (Burnley)
Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur)
Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Ross Barkley (Chelsea)
Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford)
Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur)
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
James Maddison (Leicester City)
Mason Mount (on loan at Derby County from Chelsea)
Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)
Maverick striker Mario Balotelli’s dismal start to 2018/19 will force long-term mentor Roberto Mancini into dumping him from this month’s Italy squad, according to reports.
Balotelli, 28, has failed to score during 211 minutes in Ligue 1 since he re-signed with Nice. He was also wretched for the Azzurri during last month’s 1-1 draw with Poland in the Nations League.
Corriere dello Sport have stated that such form, plus reported issues with fitness, means the attacker will not be selected in the squad that plays Ukraine on October 10 and Poland on October 14.
Mancini handed Balotelli his debut for Internazionale in 2007, signed him for Manchester City in 2010 and ended a three-and-a-half-year exile from the national set-up last May.