Two former Newcastle players have been named in the England squad to face Lithuania and Italy in the upcoming international break.

Fraser Forster has been outstanding this season and is arguably the best keeper in the Premier League on current form.

Mike Ashley cashed in on the homegrown Geordie without him even getting a single competitive start.

The Newcastle owner banked £2m plus a sell-on clause which generated up to another £2m when Southampton paid £10m for him.

Forster has conceded only 21 Premier League goals this season, which is 7 less than his England compatriot Joe Hart, as well as 5 clear of his nearest challenger in the Premier League – David De Gea.

Former United winger/midfielder James Milner is also named in the squad, which takes on Lithuania on Friday 27 March and Italy on Tuesday 31 March.

However, no recall for Jack Colback despite being one of Newcastle’s few success stories this season – Mike Williamson also missing out.

The main headlines will be made by Harry Kane who gets his much anticipated first senior call-up.

The England squad:


Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City)


Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)


Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)


Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)