England have this evening named their squad for their upcoming tour of New Zealand with 15 players being named as reported by the ECB.

Liam Livingstone and Mark Wood have both been called into the squad for the series which begins in March with the first test being in Auckland.

James Vince and Mark Stoneman have both retained their spots in the squads after both enduring mixed Ashes tours for their country.

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Ben Stokes is included in the squad despite, still being under investigation for the attack which took place outside a night-club in Bristol.

Tom Curran, Gary Ballance and Jake Ball have all missed out on selection after all being in the previous Ashes squad and will all instead go back to their counties to get ready for their respective seasons.

Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad both retain their spaces in the squad despite struggling for form in the recent Ashes series.

England selector James Whitaker has explained the selection of some of his players.

Liam has been a player that we have been impressed with for quite some time, having performed well in the county system with Lancashire and over the past couple of years with the England Lions.

He is a very talented and tough cricketer who has the ideal qualities and character to be successful in the Test arena.

After a frustrating period with injuries, Mark is now back to full fitness and is looking forward to being part of our Test plans. He will play a significant part in our forthcoming ODI tour of Australia and we will be paying close attention to his efforts over the next few weeks.

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