Walcott dropped by Southgate, Ox makes cut

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Gareth Southgate has dropped Theo Walcott from his first squad as permanent England manager.

Having been overlooked by Sam Allardyce, the Arsenal striker returned to the international fold under Southgate for the November games with Scotland and Spain.

Having scored three goals in his last four appearances for the Gunners Walcott had been expected to keep his place in the England setup but drops out to make way for 34-year-old Jermain Defoe, selected for the first time since 2013.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the only representative from the Emirates to make the cut. 

England play Germany in a friendly in Dortmund on 22 March before facing Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley four days later.

On the plus side for Theo, today is his 28th birthday. Many happy returns.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Torino, on loan from Man City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Michael Keane (Burnley), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), Chris Smalling (Man Utd), John Stones (Man City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Michail Antonio (West Ham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Man Utd), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Raheem Sterling (Man City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Strikers: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

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