Sunderland ‘keeper Pickford replaces injured Heaton in England squad

Date published: Sunday 9th October 2016 9:10

Jordan Pickford: Given first England senior call-up

Jordan Pickford: Given first England senior call-up

Tom Heaton withdrew from the England squad due to injury, and he has been replaced by Sunderland ‘keeper Jordan Pickford.

The 22-year-old from Washington, who has made five Premier League appearances for the Black Cats this season, has previously won nine England Under-21 caps under Gareth Southgate.

The Football Association announced Pickford had been summoned into the contingent who will face Slovenia in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.

Pickford had previously been named in the Under-21 squad for the Euro qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Burnley’s official account called Heaton’s injury “minor”. The 30-year-old Clarets captain made his senior England debut against Australia at the Stadium of Light in May.

Meanwhile, Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs has officially reported for duty. He was called up following an injury to Ryan Bertrand in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Malta.

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