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Defoe among Southgate surprises

16-March-2017
16-March-2017 16:12
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by Admin

Gareth Southgate sprung several shocks when he named his first England squad since becoming permanent manager.

The Three Lions boss included Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore and out-of-favour Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, as well as four uncapped players.

The 26-man group to face Germany and Lithuania also includes Southampton pair James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond, both of whom have played for Southgate at U21 level but have yet to feature for the seniors.

There are also first call ups for uncapped duo Michael Keane, of Burnley, and West Ham striker Michail Antonio.

Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Ross Barkley have also earned recalls to the international stage but there is no place for skipper Wayne Rooney, who is currently recovering from a knee problem.