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Liverpool quartet called up to England squad for November friendlies

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Four Liverpool players have been included in England manager Gareth Southgate’s squad to take on Scotland and Spain this month.

The Reds’ 6-1 win at home to Watford on Sunday afternoon was their final outing before the November international break, with Jurgen Klopp‘s squad departing for duty straight after.

For Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge, this means just a short trip down to London, for two Wembley Stadium clashes.

The Three Lions first take on Scotland (November 11) in a World Cup qualifier, before a high-profile friendly against Spain (November 15).

The quartet were all set to be included in Southgate’s first squad for the October break, but both Clyne and Lallana pulled out of contention through injury.

However, they are now set to turn out for their national team at Wembley, depriving Klopp of some of his key players for crucial training time at Melwood.

Loris Karius, James Milner, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip are all set to remain on Merseyside for the break, meaning Clyne’s England inclusion leaves Klopp one short of his first-choice back line.

England Team Group. (Top L - R) England's Daniel Sturridge, Chris Smalling, Joe Hart, Gary Cahill, Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. (Bottom L - R) Jack Wilshere, Adam Lallana, Jamie Vardy, Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne. (Picture by: Nick Potts / PA Wire/Press Association Images)

With Henderson and Lallana also key starters, and Sturridge an invaluable option from the substitutes’ bench, Klopp will be hoping for no injury setbacks on duty.

The 49-year-old is already facing a season without Danny Ings, with the striker ruled out for up to nine months following a knee injury.

Ings was on the fringes of the England squad two years ago, but injuries have hampered his progress for both club and country.

England’s last clash with Scotland came in the November international break in 2014, with a goal from Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and a brace from Wayne Rooney sealing a 3-1 victory.

Meanwhile, the last time the Three Lions played Spain saw Mario and Santi Cazorla consign Roy Hodgson’s side to a 2-0 loss.

England Squad

Goalkeepers: Forster (Southampton), Hart (Torino), Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Bertrand (Southampton), Cahill (Chelsea), Clyne (Liverpool), Jagielka (Everton), Keane (Burnley), Rose (Tottenham), Stones (Man City), Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Dier (Tottenham), Drinkwater (Leicester), Henderson (Liverpool), Wilshere (Bournemouth), Lallana (Liverpool), Lingard (Man Utd), Rooney (Man Utd), Sterling (Man City), Townsend (Crystal Palace)

Strikers: Walcott (Arsenal), Kane (Tottenham), Rashford (Man Utd), Sturridge (Liverpool), Vardy (Leicester)

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