The international break is once again looming, and didn't we just do this not so long ago? England manager Roy Hodgson named his 23-man roster for the final international fixtures of 2015, and named Harry Kane, Kyle Walker, Dele Alli, and Eric Dier to the squad.
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The inclusion of Kane and Walker is not a surprise, as both have been (more or less) regular inclusions for England. This is Dier's first senior England call-up, and it's notable one: Dier apparently angered the England setup after turning down a U21 call-up a year ago in order concentrate on training at Spurs. It seems as though Hodgson is likely to use Dier as a defensive midfielder as opposed to a central defender, as illustrated by comments printed in The Guardian:
"He's done very well. Obviously it's a position in the centre of midfield where we wanted someone of a more defensive bent and there are not a lot of those players available to us.
"We are much more blessed in terms of forward players or attack-minded players but this is a good opportunity for him. Having seen what he can do for Tottenham we can see what he can do for us."
Dele Alli's inclusion is also interesting. Just yesterday, the Evening Standard ran an article stating that Mauricio Pochettino had had conversations with Roy Hodgson about Alli's level of involvement with England. While the quotes were rather vague, the implication was that Pochettino was concerned about Alli burning out through over-participation.
"I know England's plan for next week and I am happy with their plan for him," said Pochettino. "I have spoken to Roy and I am happy with the way they manage our players. We agree on a lot of things."
It was thought by many that this implied Alli's return to the U21 setup. Instead it might imply that why Alli gets a full call-up, he might not earn a cap except as a substitute, thus giving him international experience but minimizing his participation.
England will play two friendly matches against strong opposition during the break. They'll travel to Spain on November 13, and will host Hugo Lloris' France squad at Wembley four days later.
Full England squad (via theFA.com)
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)