Coady & Maitland-Niles called up by England

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Conor Coady and Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Conor Coady, left, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Wolves captain Conor Coady and Arsenal full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles have been added to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark.

Wolves centre-back Coady, 27, has played every Premier League game for his side for the past two seasons.

Maitland-Niles was man of the match on Sunday and scored in the shootout as Arsenal beat Liverpool to win the Community Shield on his 23rd birthday.

It is a first call-up for both players.

Both have represented England at youth level – Coady captaining his side to the 2010 European Under-17 Championship and Maitland-Niles winning the 2017 Under-20 World Cup.

England’s players will meet up at St George’s Park on Monday.

Southgate’s side face their Euro 2016 conquerors Iceland in Reykjavik on 5 September before playing Denmark in Copenhagen three days later.

The disruption caused to the football calendar by coronavirus, including Euro 2020 being delayed by a year until 2021, means England have not played since November 2019, when a 4-0 win in Kosovo concluded their Euro 2020 qualification campaign.

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