England boss to call up striker without a PL start this season

Date published: Friday 10th November 2017 2:13

England boss Gareth Southgate is planning to add an even more youthful look to his squad for Tuesday’s friendly date with Brazil.

According to widespread reports, including ESPN and The Guardian, uncapped trio Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Demarai Gray and Dominic Solanke will all be added to the squad for the date with Brazil at Wembley.

Liverpool forward Solanke helped the England Under-20s win the World Cup this summer, but the 20-year-old has struggled to get into the first-team plans of Jurgen Klopp.

The former Chelsea man, who arrived on a free transfer in the summer, has not started a game in the Premier League this season and his seven sub appearances have totalled just 84 minutes.

Still, Southgate is set to add him to the squad, despite failing to pick Jack Wilshere because the Arsenal man is short of game time.

Earlier this month he claimed form was key to his squad selections: “I’m very conscious I’ve got to get the balance right because ultimately my responsibility is to produce a winning England team,’ he said.

“I never pick on reputation – form has to come into it. You have to look at the opposition and the type of game you’re expecting and select the players best suited to that.”

Southgate is also set to pick Everton forward Calvert-Lewin – another winning member of the U20s squad, while Leicester winger Gray, who has only started three league games, is also set to get the nod.

All three are part of the England under-21 squad for Friday’s European Championship qualifier in Ukraine, but are expected to join the senior squad if they come through the match unscathed.

Southgate is already set to hand debuts to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jordan Pickford and Tammy Abraham tonight against Germany in what could be the least experienced England side since 1976.

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