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England boss Southgate calls up Southampton's Ward-Prowse, Chelsea's Hudson-Odoi

After Declan Rice's first England call-up, former Scotland international Steve Nicol believes the West Ham midfielder 'never felt right' with the Ireland squad.

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have been called into England's squad for this month's European Championship qualifiers after four players withdrew due to injury.

England manager Gareth Southgate announced a 25-man squad last week but Manchester City's John Stones and Fabian Delph, Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Manchester United's Luke Shaw pulled out.

The 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi was set to join the Under-21 squad in Bristol when he was told he had received his first senior call-up.

"It's been a crazy day but getting my first [senior] international call-up is an amazing feeling," Hudson-Odoi said.

"I'm delighted to get the call... I thought the [Under-21] manager [Aidy Boothroyd] was joking. I was shocked and then when I heard that I actually had to go over, I couldn't believe it."

The FA also announced Ward-Prowse was added to the squad in a statement: "James Ward-Prowse has been called up to the England squad ahead of the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro."

Ward-Prowse, 24, claimed one senior cap two years ago when England lost 1-0 to Germany in a friendly. He has scored six league goals for Southampton this season, including two free kicks against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in his last two Premier League games.

England play Czech Republic on Friday at Wembley Stadium and face Montenegro on March 25.

Updated England squad:

Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton, Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford.

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Danny RoseKieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, James Tarkowski.

Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse.

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson, Callum Hudson-Odoi

Information from Reuters was used in this story.

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