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Eberechi Eze given first senior England call-up – Gareth Southgate announces squad for June

England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed his squad for the upcoming international fixtures in June.

The Three Lions began their 2024 European Championship qualifying campaign in perfect fashion in March.

They defeated Italy 2-1 at the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona and followed up with a home victory against Ukraine.

They continue their bid to qualify for the tournament next month. They visit Malta on June 16 before clashing with North Macedonia at Old Trafford.

Southgate has made six changes from his squad in March. Eberechi Eze is the only potential debutant earning his first senior call-up after bagging ten goals and four assists for Crystal Palace this term.

Lewis Dunk could be in line for his first appearance in almost five years. The 31-year-old has been capped once in a friendly against the United States in 2018 but has gained plaudits for his displays this season.

Sam Johnstone, Tyrone Mings, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson also return to the squad. The latter two players were part of England’s World Cup squad but were left out in March due to poor form.

Nick Pope, Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount drop out through injury. Ivan Toney has been excluded due to his eight-month ban for betting breaches, while Eric Dier has presumably been dropped for poor form.

The most notable omission from the squad is Raheem Sterling. According to reports, the decision was a mutual one between the Chelsea man and Southgate as he prepares for next season. The Athletic claims he remains in the manager’s plans.

Full England squad

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

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).

MID: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice (West Ham United).

ATT: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), James Maddison (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Callum Wilson (Newcastle United).

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