Two In England Senior Squad

Jordan Pickford could be in line for an England debut after he was called up for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia. 

The goalkeeper is joined in Gareth Southgate’s squad by another Everton new boy in centre-back Michael Keane.

Wayne Rooney was asked by Southgate to be part of the Three Lions party but announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday

Pickford, a star of the summer’s European Under-21 Championship, was first drafted into an England senior squad in October last year but is yet to make an appearance for his country at the level.

Keane will be hoping to build on the two caps he has amassed since being handed his bow in a friendly against Germany in March. 

England, who currently sit atop European qualification Group F with 14 points from six games, will travel to Ta’Qali to face Malta on 1 September, before welcoming second-placed Slovakia to Wembley three days later.

Earlier on Thursday it was confirmed that six Everton players, including Under-20s World Cup winners Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman, had been included in the England Under-21 squad for European Championship qualifiers against Holland and Latvia.

Look out for further news of international call-ups on in the coming days. 

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