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West Ham’s Cresswell gets first England call-up

Aaron Cresswell

Aaron Cresswell has just returned from a knee injury suffered in pre-season

England have called up West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell for the first time.

Defender Cresswell and Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford join the squad for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Friday because of injuries to Danny Drinkwater and Fraser Forster.

Scotland striker Steven Fletcher is a doubt after injuring a knee before the trip to Wembley.

But Celtic midfielder Scott Brown is expected to recover from a dead leg that forced him off early on Saturday.

The 31-year-old, who had been captain under head coach Gordon Strachan, has reversed his decision to retire from international football.

Scotland assistant Mark McGhee said: “I don’t think there is any concern about his fitness.

“Steven Fletcher – there is a little bit of concern about him. But, other than that, everyone else is OK.”

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Harry Kane scored a penalty for Tottenham against Arsenal

England, who lead Group F and are three points ahead of the Scots, face Spain in a friendly after the Wembley fixture.

Interim manager Gareth Southgate said Arsenal forward Theo Walcott may “disappear off at any time” as his wife is pregnant.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane will be carefully assessed after ending a seven-week lay-off because of an ankle injury by scoring in Sunday’s draw with Arsenal.

“The first thing we have to do with Harry is check how he is,” said Southgate.

“But it was great to see him back scoring and with a smile on his face at the end of the game.”

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Scotland have problems at full-back, and a dilemma in attack.

Hull City’s Andrew Robertson and fellow left-back Kieran Tierney, of Celtic, are both missing through injury. Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton made himself unavailable.

Fletcher started up front in Scotland’s last outing, a 3-0 defeat in Slovakia, but the Sheffield Wednesday man has gone five games without a goal and is now nursing a knock.

Chris Martin was picked for the 1-1 draw at home to Lithuania, and has scored four times in his past five games for Fulham.

Leigh Griffiths has been on the Celtic bench in recent months but scored after being handed a rare start on Saturday.

Steven Naismith has only started one of Norwich City’s past nine games despite Alex Neil’s side slipping off the top of the Championship.

Midfielder Robert Snodgrass had been expected to miss Friday’s game but recovered from an ankle injury in time to score in Hull’s win over Southampton on Sunday.

Squads for Wembley

England

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Torino), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland).

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Michael Keane (Burnley), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace).

Forwards: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

Scotland

Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Celtic), Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian), David Marshall (Hull City).

Defenders: Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town), Gordon Greer (Blackburn Rovers), Grant Hanley (Newcastle United), Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian), Lee Wallace (Rangers).

Midfielders: Ikechi Anya (Derby County), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday), Scott Brown (Celtic), Oliver Burke (RB Leipzig), Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion), James Forrest (Celtic), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), John McGinn (Hibernian), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United), Robert Snodgrass (Hull City).

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday), Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Chris Martin (Derby County), Steven Naismith (Norwich City).