Promising youngsters Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho have earned their first England call-ups to Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming clashes with Spain and Croatia.
England continue their Nations League campaign with a trip to Rijeka on October 12, before facing Spain in Seville on October 15.
Mount, still only 19, is currently plying his trade on loan at Derby, where he is maturing under Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
The midfielder has played once for England Under 21s, scoring once, and shone as Derby knocked Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup.
Sancho, meanwhile, becomes the first player born in the 21st century to be named in an England squad.
The 18-year-old has been impressing for Borussia Dortmund, where he moved to from Manchester City in the summer of 2017.
The winger cemented his reputation as one this country’s hottest prospects with a brilliant assist in Dortmund’s Champions League clash with Monaco on Wednesday night.
In fact he has created more goals than any other player in Europe’s five major leagues this season (5). So far this campaign, he has set up a team-mate once every 25 minutes on average in the Bundesliga.
Among the other notable inclusions in Southgate’s squad are James Maddison, who also earns his first call-up, Ross Barkley and Nathaniel Chalobah.
Jadon Sancho lays it on a plate. Again. 💛
Another delightful assist for the Englishman 🏴 pic.twitter.com/nzPls7RSqy
Maddison, who has won four caps for England Under 21s, has impressed for Leicester since joining from Norwich in the summer.
The 21-year-old has scored three goals and picked up two assists in only seven appearances for Claude Puel’s side, impressive form that has caught the eye of the England boss.
Barkley, meanwhile, returns to the squad more than two years after his last England appearance, which came against Australia in May 2016.
Tottenham midfielder Harry WInks has also returned to the squad following a horrible run of luck with injuries.
Among those left out of the 25-man squad are Joe Hart, Fabian Delph and Daniel Sturridge, who has impressed for Liverpool so far this season.
Both Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland also signed new four-year deals on Thursday, keeping them in charge until 2022.