Five players with South Yorkshire connections have been included in Roy Hodgson’s 26-man squad for England’s Euro 2016 preparation matches.
Former Stocksbridge Park Steels striker Jamie Vardy, one-time Sheffield United right-back Kyle Walker, Dronfield-born centre-half Gary Cahill, ex-Barnsley defender John Stones and Doncaster-born left-back Danny Rose have all made Hodgson’s pick.
But ex-Blades ace Phil Jagielka is a shock omission in defence.
Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford has been included.
Hodgson has named a provisional party that includes 18-year-old Rashford, less than three months after he made his first-team debut for United.
The uncapped striker’s impressive form has seen him fast-tracked into a group of forwards along with Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy, as Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll miss out.
Andros Townsend, who won the last of his 10 caps in October, comes in following Danny Welbeck’s knee injury, but there is no place for Theo Walcott.
Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater, who impressed on his debut against Holland in March, is included in the squad, as are Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson as the pair make their way back from injury.
Asked about Rashford’s chances of featuring in his final 23-man squad, Hodgson told a press conference: “He’s one of the contenders, of course.
“The competition is quite strong, he’ll understand that. He deserves to be selected in this larger squad.
“It will be interesting to see what he can do, it may only be for one week, but I am pleased that he has had such a good end to the season.
“It’s great to be able to include him. There’s no reason why he can’t knock someone off their perch, but it will be harder than some people might expect.”
Rashford burst onto the scene with four goals on his first two senior United appearances, and has finished the season with seven goals in 16 games.
Hodgson was at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to oversee Wilshere’s first Arsenal start of the season against Aston Villa and has decided to give him the nod.
The midfielder suffered a broken leg in August but his last appearance for England, against Slovenia in June 2015, saw him score twice in a 3-2 win.
Liverpool captain Henderson also made his return from a month-long knee injury absence over the weekend and the England manager admits fitness concerns contributed towards his naming of an extended squad.
The Three Lions face Turkey, Australia and Portugal before heading to France in June.
Hodgson added: “We thought that it would be better to add one or two players to the squad, we’ve got these games coming up, and for this first game in particular we will be without a few players.
“We needed some extra bodies on this occasion. I’m making life that little bit harder for myself, but maybe some of these decisions will be made for me.”
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley).
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Newcastle United), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).