Gordon and Branthwaite get first England call-ups

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Anthony Gordon was part of England’s European Under-21 Championship-winning squad last summer

Anthony Gordon and Jarrad Branthwaite have received their first England call-ups and Ivan Toney has been recalled for the friendlies against Brazil and Belgium this month.

Forward Gordon, 23, has scored 10 goals in all competitions for Newcastle this season, while 21-year-old defender Branthwaite has impressed for struggling Everton.

Brentford striker Toney, 28, features for the first time since completing an eight-month ban for breaching FA betting rules in January.

Uncapped Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa, 26, has also named in the 25-man squad.

England play Brazil on 23 March and Belgium on 26 March – both at Wembley – their final games before manager Gareth Southgate names his squad for Euro 2024.

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England squad

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (Crystal Palace), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal).

Defenders: Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Harry Maguire (Man Utd), John Stones (Man City), Kyle Walker (Man City).

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Ajax), James Maddison (Tottenham), Declan Rice (Arsenal).

Forwards: Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Phil Foden (Man City), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Marcus Rashford (Man United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).

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Defender Joe Gomez, who has not played for England since 2020, has been included after impressing for Liverpool at left-back, centre-back and right-back this season.

Former Liverpool team-mate Jordan Henderson, now at Ajax, has been selected, but Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who is on loan at West Ham, misses out.

Chelsea forward Cole Palmer features, while clubmate Raheem Sterling has been overlooked.

More to follow.

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