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Live Reporting

By Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Gareth Southgate has also said that Kyle Walker "understood" the thinking behind his omission from the England squad, as he looks at Trent Alexander-Arnold and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

  2. 'Mason is in on merit'

    Mason Mount

    Gareth Southgate on the inclusion of Mason Mount: "Mason is in on merit. He looks like threatening the goal every time he plays. I’ve watched him since 16 playing through the various age groups.

    "He's not in based on three games this season, he's in on the back after a successful year in the Eredivisie, a year at Derby and he’s improved at every level he’s played at."

  3. 'We can’t stand still'

    More from Gareth Southgate: "We have competition for places and we have got a depth of talent now because we have approached it slightly differently to look at younger players.

    "We lack some experience in certain positions but we have to keep evolving. We can’t stand still. There are young players coming through that we need to integrate."

  4. 'He’s adapted well to a high profile move'

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka

    More from Gareth Southgate on the inclusion of Aaron Wan-Bissaka: "We tracked him all last year and thought he had an outstanding season last season, but he should stay with the under-21 group.

    "He’s adapted well and quickly to a high profile move and playing in front of 70,00 fans brings an intensity and pressure. It’s an opportunity to look at two young players, with him and Trent and we also wanted to reintegrate Kieran Trippier back into the group.

    "He’s had a huge move to Atletico Madrid and started there really well. Kyle [Walker] has started the season really well, he’s not playing badly, it’s the opposite. So we explained the rationale to him."

  5. 'Fitness and integrating young players dictated squad'

    Gareth Southgate

    Now here comes the England manager Gareth Southgate: "We only have eight matches before I’ve got name squad for European Championships.

    "September is always a difficult squad to name because of the limited games at club level.

    "Fitness and the importance of it has dictated some of the squad as has some of the exciting young players we want to look at and get involved."

  6. Wan-Bissaka, Mount, Maddison and Mings in England squad

    A few new caps possibly....

    Tyrone Mings, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Mason Mount and James Maddison have been named in England's squad to face Bulgaria and Kosovo, the Football Association.

    All have yet to play for England.

    View more on twitter
  7. Post update

    Time to get ready for the England squad announcement....

  8. Laporte in France squad

    Aymeric Laporte

    Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has been included in the France squad for the ir upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.

    Laporte, 25, has not been in a France squad since he was an unused substitute in their 2-0 friendly defeat to Spain in March 2017 and he is still yet to earn a cap for his country.

    Tottenham's Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko also make the French squad, as do Everton's Kurt Zouma, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud.

  9. 'We see a real player'

    Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Aston Villa

    More from Aston Villa boss Dean Smith who has been asked about the importance of club record signing Wesley and playmaker Jota:

    "It's too early to judge [Wesley]. Just because he's scored one goal, it's too early to say he's going to go and get 25 goals. We see a real player who is going to develop. He had a really good game against Everton who are a strong defensive unit.

    "There'll be games he won't play as well but he's only a young player and that is part of his development."

    On Jota: "Jota is a player I've worked with before at Brentford. He's really talented and can score or create. He set-up a goal on Tuesday at Crewe and he can see a pass. It's good for me that I've got competition for places in those areas now with Trezeguet and Anwar El Ghazi as well."

  10. Team news

    Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Aston Villa

    Now here comes the Aston Villa boss Dean Smith who starts with some team news.

    "Matt Targett has a slight hamstring problem and James Chester is still out," he says.

    "Jonathan Kodjia is unlikely as well but everyone else is fit an raring to go."

  11. Southgate coming shortly

    Gareth Southgate

    Now what about the England squad?

    It seems like there's plenty to discuss around who will or won't feature in Gareth Southgate's squad for the Group A European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria (Saturday 7 September, 17:00 BST) and Kosovo (Tuesday 10 September, 19:45 BST).

    Jordan Pickford and Tom Heaton seem a given as goalkeepers but will Jack Butland retain his place or will Burnley's Nick Pope or Sheffield United's Dean Henderson get the nod.

    And what about left-back?

    Manchester United's Luke Shaw is injured while Leicester’s Ben Chilwell has also missed a couple of matches with a hip problem.

    I've not even got to midfield....will there be a call-up for Chelsea's Mason Mount?

    So many questions. We will know the answers around 14:00 BST.

  12. The scene is set

    Gary Flintoff

    BBC Radio 5 Live reporter at Wembley

    The scene is set at Wembley for Gareth Southgate’s first England squad of the new season...

    Wembley
  13. Post update

    Hopefully it goes without saying that Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has been detained...

    One thing we definitely can't control is Premier League training times.

  14. Listen: Ditching defenders, keeping Kane and buzzer mishaps

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Now if you fancy a few fantasy football tips this might well be worth a listen as Alistair Bruce-Ball, Chris Sutton and Statman Dave return to bring you the latest expert advice.

    The team discuss why so many people are dropping Harry Kane from their teams, and whether it's worth investing in Liverpool's defenders.

    And can Ali finally get off the mark this week in Bigger or Smaller?

    Have a listen here.

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  16. What's coming up

    Just a quick reminder of who is coming up next?

    Aston Villa's Dean Smith is due any time and then we've got Burnley manager Sean Dyche (13:15) and then Arsenal manager Unai Emery, Brighton's Graham Potter and Watford's Javi Gracia all at 13:30 BST.

    From there we'll be bolting across for the England squad announcement with Gareth Southgate at 14:00 BST.

  17. 'We want to win our first home game'

    West Ham v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    West Ham United

    After being thrashed by Manchester City on the opening day, West Ham have gone three games unbeaten and Manuel Pellegrini is clearly hoping to make that four on Saturday, when they return to the London stadium.

    "We had to play three games away in a row. We won two of them and got one draw, which gives us more confidence in what we're doing," he said.

    "Now we want to win our first home game. We hope that we can do it. We're playing against a good team that play good football."

  18. Wilshere back in starting XI?

    West Ham v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    West Ham United

    Jack Wilshere

    Jack Wilshere scored his first goal for West Ham in the EFL Cup win over Newport on Tuesday but does that mean he will be included in the starting XI on Saturday?

    "I said last week that we can't expect Jack to be back 100% to his level because of his lengthy injury," Pellegrini said

    "He played very well the other night, not only because he scored. We will see tomorrow what the starting XI will be for Saturday."

  19. 'Pukki demonstrating his Premier League prowess'

    West Ham v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    West Ham United

    Manuel Pellegrini

    West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has unsurprisingly been talking up Norwich before the teams meet on Saturday. I mean there's no point giving your opponents dressing room ammunition is there.

    His message also seems very much to be a case of beware Teemu Pukki. For those of you who have Pukki in your fantasy team, you'll know exactly what the Chilean is talking about.

    "I expect a similar game to the one we played against Watford. Norwich play this system and they played exactly the same way against Chelsea and Liverpool," Pellegrini said.

    "They are a very good team and we will need to play a very good game to get the three points."

    "When you have a change in competition, there is always some players who feel the difference.

    "I think Pukki is demonstrating that the Premier League is not difficult for him. He's scoring goals and we will need to be careful of him"

  20. 'Antonio - we will see tomorrow'

    West Ham v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    West Ham United

    Michail Antonio

    Right over to West Ham's training ground at Rush Green.

    And Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has kicked-off his news conference in customary fashion, with some team news regarding Michail Antonio.

    The winger pulled up just six minutes into the EFL Cup game against Newport on Tuesday.

    "Michail Antonio - we will see tomorrow. We had to give him 48 hours for an MRI scan," Pellegrini said.

    "Javier Hernandez has recovered from his small knee injury from last week."