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Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Mason Mount Earn Call-Ups in Latest England Squad

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United control ball during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on August 24, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
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Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Chelsea's Mason Mount have both been rewarded for their fine starts to the season with call-ups to the England squad.

Manager Gareth Southgate named his squad for the upcoming UEFA European Championship 2020 qualifying matches with Bulgaria and Kosovo on Thursday:

England @England

Here it is: your #ThreeLions squad for the #EURO2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo! https://t.co/h7MScWmxEx

ITV Football @itvfootball

Here it is! The first @England squad of the 2019/20 season ๐Ÿฆ Tyrone Mings and Aaron Wan-Bissaka both earn their first #ThreeLions call ups! Any surprising omissions? ๐Ÿค” https://t.co/K74lNnDmEJ

As Scouted Football noted, the 25-man group is packed full of youngsters:

Scouted Football @ScoutedFtbl

10 under-23 players in the England squad: ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Trent Alexander-Arnold ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Ben Chilwell ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Joe Gomez ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ James Maddison ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Mason Mount ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Marcus Rashford ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Declan Rice ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Jadon Sancho ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Aaron Wan-Bissaka ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Harry Winks Stacked. https://t.co/nn8aVDPAQA

It's the first time Wan-Bissaka has been named in the senior squad. Mount was called up in October for the UEFA Nations League matches with Croatia and Spain but is still waiting on his first cap.

Elsewhere, Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in the group after his return to fitness. The biggest surprise name is arguably Tyrone Mings, who excelled for Aston Villa on loan from Bournemouth last season in the Championship before joining on a permanent move in the summer after the club's promotion.

When Villa parted with ยฃ27 million to bring Mings in, there were a lot of eyebrows raised. Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe is pleased he's showcased his quality:

Sam Tighe @stighefootball

It didnโ€™t take long for Tyrone Mingsโ€™ qualities to leap to the fore at the top level. 3 commanding PL performances to start the season and now an England call-up follows. https://t.co/mlyFsCCvAm

The inclusion of Wan-Bissaka is warranted, as he's established himself as an elite Premier League defender. Southgate noted his inclusion means there was no room for more experienced right-backs Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker:

Mark Mann-Bryans @MarkyMBryans

on Wan-Bissaka: "We tracked him very closely last year and thought he had an outstanding season but we wanted him to stay with the U21 group, he has adapted well and quickly to a high-profile move. We are looking at him and Trent, that is reason Kyle Walker is not with us."

Mount has also done well to make the cut in midfield, and his confidence will be sky-high after cementing his place in the Chelsea side.

The 20-year-old has been the biggest beneficiary of manager Frank Lampard's trust in youth, playing at the creative hub of the team and netting twice in his last two top-flight matches.ย 

Liam Twomey of The Athletic noted that the playmaker has been on Southgate's radar for a while:

Liam Twomey @liam_twomey

Southgate has been a huge fan of Mount for some time: - Invited him to train with England senior squad prior to 2018 World Cup - Called him up in October 2018 while still at Derby #cfc https://t.co/buxOPrn5IU

Like Mount, Mings spent last season on loan in the Championship, helping Villa earn promotion. He then completed a permanent switch to Villa Park and has adapted well in the Premier League.

After having his 2018-19 ruined by injury, Oxlade-Chamberlain will also be happy to be back on the international stage. It's been 18 months since he last got the nod from Southgate and he will hope to get minutes while with England to help rediscover match sharpness.

Following five goals in his first three Premier League matches for Manchester City, Raheem Sterling's inclusion was a certainty, as was that of skipper Harry Kane.

England started their qualifying campaign with comfortable wins over the Czech Republic and Montenegro, scoring five goals in each game. The Three Lions face Bulgaria at Wembley on Saturday, 7 September, before they meet Kosovo for the first time ever at senior level on Tuesday, 10 September.