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England squad announced: Phil Foden back but no place for Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood

Phil Foden has returned to the England squad but there is no place for Mason Greenwood.

Manchester City’s Foden and Manchester United forward Greenwood were left out of last month’s internationals after inviting two women to the England hotel in Iceland in September, breaching the squad’s bio-secure bubble, before being sent home.

England boss Gareth Southgate said the pair have “suffered enough” but only Foden, 20, has been selected for the upcoming triple-header against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.

Greenwood, 19, has not hit the same heights as last season following his disgrace in Reykjavik and his omission comes in spite of the absence of Southampton’s Danny Ings, who will miss the next four to six weeks with a knee injury.

Chelsea right-back Reece James impressed on his maiden call-up last month and is included despite being hit with a two-match ban following his dismissal for dissent after the final whistle of the 1-0 defeat by Denmark in the Nations League.

James is available for next Thursday’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley but will miss the subsequent Nations League qualifiers in Belgium (November 15) and at home to Iceland (November 18).

Harry Maguire will miss the Belgium match after being sent off for two bookable offences in Copenhagen but is named in the squad, with Southgate set to emphasise the importance of discipline – on and off the field – to his players again next week.

There is no place for midfielder Ross Barkley, despite an initially promising start on loan at Aston Villa from Chelsea.

Barkley, 26, scored in consecutive games as Villa thrashed Liverpool and beat Leicester to surge to the top of the fledgling Premier League table and linked up impressively with Jack Grealish, raising hopes of an England recall.

But he has been quieter in the subsequent home defeats to Leeds and Southampton, and Southgate decided against a first call-up in a year, despite the absence of injured Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Southgate sparred publicly with Jose Mourinho last month over captain Harry Kane’s game-time and the Spurs manager on Wednesday renewed calls for his players to be excluded from Thursday’s match against Ireland.

“For the friendly matches, [national team managers] have to think about the players, make a difference between the players who play Saturday and Sunday,” Mourinho said.

“We play Thursday and Sunday. I’m not expecting my players to be rested in friendly matches but I’d love [it].”

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