England call up Dele Alli and Danny Ings for final two Euro 2016 qualifiers

• Roy Hodgson includes 19-year-old midfielder Alli for first time
• England also select Liverpool’s Ings – but not Daniel Sturridge

Roy Hodgson has given first senior England call-ups to the 19-year-old Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli and Liverpool’s Danny Ings for the final two Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Alli, described by Hodgson as “a very exciting talent”, was playing League One football last season, but with Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson injured, the teenager could find himself representing his country over the next couple of weeks.

Alli has played in only eight first-team matches for Tottenham, who signed him from MK Dons last February but loaned him back for the remainder of the season. Six of his appearances for Spurs have come in the Premier League.

Ings also steps up to the senior squad for the first time, but there was no place for his Liverpool colleague Daniel Sturridge, with Hodgson choosing to wait for the striker to recover full match fitness.

On Ings, Hodgson said: “Danny is someone we followed very closely at Burnley last year but didn’t have a chance to bring him in because of the Under-21s – we never felt we could rob them to have him with us – but now is a good opportunity.

“Dele is, I suppose, the more offbeat one in the sense he’s so young and has only just broken into the Tottenham team, but we’re very impressed with what we’ve seen. It’s a good opportunity with so many midfielders away through injury. Who knows where he will end up? He’s a very exciting talent.

“I think it’s a strong squad. The game in Lithuania is the one where, if any experimentation takes place, it’ll be there. It may damage our chances of getting the perfect 10 wins but I’m prepared to accept that. I won’t be sacrificing the game in any shape or form but I would argue the changes I make in Lithuania could make us stronger because certain players are confident.”

Ryan Bertrand is recalled to the squad in place of Luke Shaw, who broke his leg in two places playing for Manchester United last month. “It’s a cruel blow for Luke,” said Hodgson. “I think he knows how much we care about him. It’s heartbreaking and we feel for him.

“He’ll realise from the work he’s done with us and what the other staff have said to him that we had high hopes for him for 2016. We were punting on him being arguably the best left-back in the tournament.”

Manchester United’s centre-back Phil Jones is included having recovered from a blood clot in his calf, while his United team-mate Michael Carrick is also named for the double-header despite recent injury concerns.

There was no place in the squad for James Ward-Prowse or Jack Cork despite their recent good form, but Jamie Vardy, who has scored six goals for Leicester this season, is included. He will compete with Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Ings and Theo Walcott for a place up front.

Asked about the Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish’s decision to pursue an international career with England, rather than the Republic of Ireland, Hodgson added: “I’m very pleased. I think it’s the right decision. What matters now is how he does for Aston Villa. There are no guarantees.”

England host Estonia at Wembley on Friday 9 October before they travel to Lithuania for their final qualifier three days later. They have already qualified for Euro 2016, having won all eight of their matches so far.

England squad

Goalkeepers Jack Butland (Stoke City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton)

Midfielders Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Forwards Danny Ings (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)