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Branthwaite and Gordon join Palmer and Toney in England squad for March friendlies

England manager Gareth Southgate has announced his latest squad for upcoming friendlies against Belgium and Brazil.

England announced their squad for March’s international friendlies against Brazil and Belgium on Thursday. Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite and Newcastle forward Anthony Gordon have been invited for the first time by Southgate.

Southgate also has decided to call up Brentford striker Ivan Toney after returning from his eight-month ban for breaching gambling rules. He has scored four goals in nine matches for Brentford since his comeback.

Liverpool’s Joe Gomez and Aston Villa’s Ezri, West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen, and Chelsea’s Cole Palmer also have got the nod. Jack Grealish, Luke Shaw, Marc Guehi, Kieran Trippier, and Reece James are absent due to injury.

Southgate also decided to leave out West Ham midfielder Kalvin Phillips and Chelsea winger Raheem Sterling. England’s head coach also revealed Arsenal defender Ben White did not want to be considered for England squads “at the moment”.

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale

Defenders: Jarrad Branthwaite, Ben Chilwell, Lewis Dunk, Joe Gomez, Ezri Konsa, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Jordan Henderson, James Maddison, Declan Rice

Forwards: Jarrod Bowen, Phil Foden, Anthony Gordon, Harry Kane, Cole Palmer, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Ivan Toney, Ollie Watkins

The three Lions face Brazil on March 23 and Belgium on March 26 at Wembley.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.


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