Four Manchester City players have been called up to Gareth Southgate’s England roster for the matches against Scotland and Ukraine.
John Stones, a defender for Manchester City, will miss England’s two games in September while he recovers from a muscular injury.
Stones hasn’t played for City since the Community Shield. He missed the Premier League debut at Burnley initially due to a minor hip issue before going out with a muscular injury against Sevilla, Newcastle, and Sheffield United. City anticipates that he won’t be available until after the international break, which includes Fulham’s visit this weekend.
Stones has not been risked for England’s two games against Scotland and Ukraine, while Kalvin Phillips has been chosen despite having not played in any of City’s five competitive games this season.
As Gareth Southgate works to advance the Three Lions’ chances of qualifying for the European Championship in Germany next summer, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, and Kyle Walker have retained their spots in the team.
If England defeats Ukraine, they will have 15 points after five games, nine more than the Ukrainians, who will have played four times. With two games in September, Italy has three points from its first two games and is attempting to pass Ukraine for second position. The match between England and Scotland is a friendly rather than a competition.