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England squad announcement - Switzerland & Ivory Coast friendlies: When it is, how to watch on TV

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
The Three Lions are back in action
The Three Lions are back in action / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages
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After a fairly lengthy break while club football took centre stage, the England national team return to action at the end of March.

For some time now the Three Lions have had a settled team. However, with several key players out of form, there are suggestions that Gareth Southgate may shuffle his pack.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of Southgate selecting his newest crop of players for matches against Switzerland and Ivory Coast...


When will England's squad be announced?

Southgate will be revealing his squad to the media on Thursday 17 March at 2pm. This will be followed by a press conference where the manager will explain his decisions.


Who was included in England's last squad?

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards: Tammy Abraham (AS Roma), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)


Who may be called up this time?

Ben Chilwell is injured so West Ham's Aaron Cresswell or Newcastle's Matt Targett may be drafted into the fold. Max Kilman is another possibility - he is used to playing in a back three and has been in good form for Wolves.

In midfield, Emile Smith Rowe and Conor Gallagher – called up as stand-by options for the last squad – have strong cases for initial inclusion.

Jadon Sancho could be recalled too, but the chances of Marcus Rashford keeping his place are slim. Jarrod Bowen has an outside shot too should he overcome a niggling injury.


England vs Switzerland: TV channel & live stream

When is kick off? Saturday 26 March, 17:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Wembley Stadium
TV channel/live stream? ITV 1, ITV Hub (UK)
Highlights? ITV Sport YouTube

England vs Ivory Coast: TV channel & live stream

When is kick off? Tuesday 29 March, 19:45 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Wembley Stadium
TV channel/live stream? ITV 1, ITV Hub (UK)
Highlights? ITV Sport YouTube


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