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Loftus-Cheek set for England debut against Germany

Loftus-Cheek has made six Premier League appearances for Palace this season scoring no goals. Credit: PA

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands.

The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez.

Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role.

Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph.

Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint.

Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park.

Wilshere - I'm happy to be in an Arsenal shirt

Wilshere was omitted from Gareth Southgate's England squad. Credit: PA

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said he is enjoying his football after Thursday's goalless draw with Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League.

The 0-0 draw in north London means Arsene Wenger's team have made sure of qualification from Group H with two games to spare.

Wilshere played the full 90 minutes and the England international told ITV Sport afterwards: "I feel good.

"I've played a few games now and I'm training hard, I'm trying to get in a team with world-class players which is difficult but i'll keep trying."

Asked about his future at the club and his recent omission from the England squad Wilshere replied: "I have to take it training session by training session, game by game. Every time I get an opportunity I need to show the manager what I can do.

"I'm doing all I can to stay fit - there could be a tackle on my ankle any time. I'm not thinking about that though, I'm thinking positive and I'm happy to be back in an Arsenal shirt."

"The squad was announced and I'm not in it, I've got to deal with that. I've got to get on the training ground and work hard in the gym. When I get the chance on the pitch I can show the Arsenal manager and the England manager what I can do."

No England recall for Aluko under new boss Marley

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Interim head coach Mo Marley has shown confidence in the England Women players who featured in Mark Sampson's final match after naming her squad to face France next week.

Former boss Sampson's sacking was announced the day after England's 6-0 World Cup qualifying win against Russia, for matters relating to his behaviour in a previous job at Bristol Academy.

Marley has chosen her first Lionesses squad on almost identical lines to the last selection, meaning there is no recall for Chelsea striker Eni Aluko.

Aluko's accusations of racism, bullying and harassment against Sampson will be back in focus next week at a parliamentary select committee hearing, at which she is due to appear. Sampson strongly denies Aluko's allegations and has twice been cleared by investigations.

England will be without goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and striker Ellen White in France due to injury. Defender Laura Bassett will also miss the friendly in Valenciennes on Friday.

Marley will also be in charge for World Cup qualifiers in November against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kazakhstan.

She said: "The squad put in an excellent performance against Russia last month and we want to keep that momentum going against France.

"We know France are an excellent side and it will be a tough challenge for us. It's a good opportunity for me to see the players in action against top opposition, especially considering our two important home World Cup qualifiers next month."

Squad: Chamberlain (Liverpool), Earps (Reading), Telford (Chelsea); Bonner (Liverpool), Bright (Chelsea), Bronze (Lyon), Carter (Birmingham City), Greenwood (Liverpool), Houghton (Manchester City), Stokes (Manchester City), Stoney (Liverpool); Christiansen (Manchester City), Moore (Reading), Nobbs (Arsenal), Potter (Reading), Scott (Manchester City), Williams (Reading); Carney (Chelsea), Carter (Arsenal), Duggan (Barcelona), Kirby (Chelsea), Lawley (Manchester City), Parris (Manchester City), Taylor (Arsenal)

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