Jack Wilshere's loan move to Bournemouth pays off with an England recall
Jack Wilshere's decision to join Bournemouth on loan has been vindicated after the midfielder was handed an England recall for the Wembley dates against Scotland and Spain.
The 24-year-old was a conspicuous absentee from England's two get-togethers since Euro 2016, dumped first by the departed Sam Allardyce and then by his interim replacement Gareth Southgate.
But, having taken the hard decision to leave Arsenal for a less glamorous life at the Vitality Stadium, he has rebuilt both form and fitness sufficiently to win over Southgate.
Wilshere's case was helped by a knee injury to Dele Alli, whose Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane is also back after making a goalscoring return from ankle trouble in Sunday's north London derby.
While Alli's absence, as well as those of Manchester United pair Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw, means he is not at full strength, there has been plenty of good fitness news too.
Liverpool pair Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne, fresh from helping the Reds to the top of the Premier League table, are fit again after missing last month's qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia, as is Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater.
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling withdrew from those matches after initially being named but he was rested by his club at the weekend and is primed for action.
England have a couple of knocks to monitor when the players arrive at St George's Park, with Tottenham full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose among those who came out of the weekend fixtures with war wounds.
Two players summoned as cover in October, Burnley's uncapped centre-half Michael Keane and Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend, remain in the squad but Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drops out alongside West Ham's Michail Antonio.
For Everton's out-of-favour number 10 Ross Barkley, the exile goes on.
Here's a full list of the England squad to face Scotland and Spain:
Forster (Southampton), Hart (Torino), Heaton (Burnley); Bertrand (Southampton), Cahill (Chelsea), Clyne (Liverpool), Jagielka (Everton), Keane (Burnley), Rose (Tottenham), Stones (Man City), Walker (Tottenham); Dier (Tottenham), Drinkwater (Leicester), Henderson (Liverpool), Wilshere (Bournemouth), Lallana (Liverpool), Lingard (Man Utd), Rooney (Man Utd), Sterling (Man City), Townsend (Crystal Palace); Walcott (Arsenal), Kane (Tottenham), Rashford (Man Utd), Sturridge (Liverpool), Vardy (Leicester).